“Women Hold Up Half the Sky,” but as Female Impact on Oscar Nominations falls ever lower, AMPAS–the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences–continues to mock us.
Only one year in the 21st Century has had less Female Impact (2.5% in 2005), but even that all-time low was offset by the fact that Julie Delpy was one of the Best Adapted Screenplay nominees (for her work on Before Sunset.)
This year, for the first time in the 21st Century, no female directors were nominated (not a single one), and no female writers were nominated (not a single one).
The 4.65% Female Impact for 2015 is based on the fact that Rosamund Pike was nominated for her role in Gone Girl (but screenwriter Gillian Flynn was not nominated) and Selma was nominated for Best Picture (but director Ava DuVernay was not nominated). That is it…
We stubbornly hold onto our belief in meritocracy–surely Oscar is Gold–but every year it become more and more obvious that Oscar is Blue. I will have more to say on all this later, but right now, this fight has exhausted me.
READ THE DETAILED NUMBERS ON MY CHART & WEEP 🙁