Did sexism, idiocy drive nominations?

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020

Gerwig on the cross:
According to future experts, this was always likely to be the year which kicked off the global conflagration known as Mister Trump's War.

We didn't know that the commander-in-chief would start on January 2! But as we've been telling you, we'll guess there may be many more such deeds before this year is through.

Our tribe has already lost this competition, through decades of hapless behavior. As a group, we've persistently shown that we're too dumb to notice anything happening around us.

Once Donald J. Trump was elected, it was already too late. Now, it's pretty much all over but the shouting—or, in given our tribal proclivities, it's all over but the tribal name-calling.

Manohla Dargis offered a good example of that unattractive behavior in Sunday's New York Times. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Screen Actors Guild? Members of these groups were denounced as "idiotic" and sexist for their failure to honor female-directed and female-themed films in their award nominations this year.

Even as she dropped her bombs, Dargis was able to name only two such overlooked films—The Farewell and Little Women. But how strange! Dargis hadn't included The Farewell among her list if the 42 best films of the year! Meanwhile, the sexist idiots at the Golden Globes had nominated it as one of the year's five best foreign language films.

Why in the world would someone behave in the way Dargis did? Simply put, our war-inclined, floundering species is wired that way! Consider Dargis' apparent claim that it was the sexism of the groups in question which kept Greta Gerwig and her new film, Little Women, from getting their due this year.

It's true! Little Women didn't receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture or for Best Director. Meanwhile, Dargis had picked it as the fourth best film of the year.

Does that mean that Gerwig and her film got screwed by a gang of sexist idiots? Consider the way Gerwig's previous movie, Lady Bird, was treated by these same gangs of knuckle-draggers.

We'll quote from the leading authority on the fate of Lady Bird. Here's the way that female-directed and female-themed film was treated by the Golden Globes:
At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, it was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (won); Best Actress, Musical or Comedy for Saiorse Ronan (won); Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf; and Best Screenplay.
Apparently, the sexist idiocy only took hold at the Golden Globes in the past few years! Meanwhile, here's the way Lady Bird was treated by the Screen Actors Guild:
At the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards, it was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Ronan, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Metcalf, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
The Screen Actors Guild only gives acting awards. There was no possible nomination for Best Director, Best Film or Best Screenplay.

In short, Gerwig's previous female-directed film received almost every nomination available. No sexism, and no idiocy, conspired to hold that film down.

This year, Little Women fared less well. Is it possible that members of these organizations simply thought that Lady Bird was a better film? Is it possible that they didn't think Little Women was (is) all that good?

For ourselves, we thought the new Little Women was a major mess. We also know that matters like these are matters of subjective judgment.

That said, as our nation sits "on the beach," awaiting the start of Mister Trump's War, we self-impressed, ineffectual liberals have generally ceased to know such things. We stamp our feet and name-call Others and behave like the very bad people we almost manage to be.

We thought Little Women was quite poor. Dargis had a different view.

She only knew one way to react when Others failed to share her view. Our team has been like this for a long time, helping send Trump to the Oval.

Why would someone behave that way? As Cassius once so thoughtfully said, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in the way we're wired."

Future Anthropologists Huddled in Caves contributed to this analysis.

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  2. Start on page 33 and read carefully from there.

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  5. 'Our team has been like this for a long time, helping send Trump to the Oval.'

    Your team of hardcore Trumptards has certainly helped to send Trump to the Oval Office (Oval is a cricket field).

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  6. Somerby apparently thinks that only liberal women notice or care about sexism.

    He is wrong, of course.

    And any “Other” who is upset at the suggestion that there is sexism in the movie business is...probably not a woman.

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  7. I hate the media as a corporate entity. I don’t have animus against people in general who don’t hold my views.

    That said, you all can get very ludicrous fairly often and very rapidly. Even Somerby.

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  8. What is the likelihood that talented women who had previously made outstanding films would all of a sudden all start doing mediocre work?

    Gerwig doesn't stop being herself. She made a film with a title and subject material that doesn't appeal to men, a film called "Little Women." You can't drag men to that film, no matter how good it is. But when male directors make a movie that appeals largely to men, it doesn't get shut out of the awards. Look at every film Tarantino has made -- these do not have much appeal to women. Inglorious Bastards? For that matter, how many women are interested in 1917? And how many men are interested in Mr. Rogers? Another chick-flick. The problem is that the industry has designated certain material as of limited appeal and it is very hard getting your film noticed if it is more interesting to a female audience -- that is because of who votes for these awards. That is the heart of the basic unfairness.

    Pretending that this is about the quality of the film-making only conceals the fact that men don't value what women do, no matter how well they do it. If a woman makes a film with some appeal to men, then it gets noticed. If it doesn't appeal to men, it will be overlooked. But when did the movies become a genre only for men? Men have always controlled the industry, but at some point they decided to aim their products largely at a male (and teenage) audience. Dramas got relabeled "chick flicks" and were put on the shelf. Romances were no longer strictly romantic but became also thrillers or comedies (with male content, heavy on the sex, nudity and gross out factor, about things like male failure to commit or males who accidentally get lucky with much better looking women, or some such nonsense).

    The problem with the movies is that it doesn't value the kind of work that women do, and the kinds of films that appeal to women, and the guys at the top arent' willing to share -- even when female oriented films make a lot of money.

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  9. Dargis only knew one way to react -- she stated her opinion. What's wrong with that?

    It isn't like she calls other people a bunch of names, like Somerby does.

    If men don't like being called sexist, they should stop being so sexist. Starting with Somerby.

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  10. "Dargis was able to name only two such overlooked films—The Farewell and Little Women."

    This mistaken statement by Somerby was debunked yesterday.

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  11. Anybody remember when one of the Marvel comic movies decided to make the main character (hero) female instead of male? There was a campaign on Rotten Tomatoes to trash the film before it was even released.

    There is a gender war going on at the movies and the uproar over who gets awards is only part of it. Men don't want to give up their power and they fight in ugly ways. But just as Weinstein and the casting couch are going down, so will this lock on awards-season (except for the Best Actress and Supporting Actress categories, which are dominated by male judgments of the women nominated).

    But Somerby doesn't believe in gender wars. He thinks the awards just go to the best person, be he male or male.

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  12. Citing Ladybird only serves to support Dargis’ point: in its history, the Golden Globes has awarded best director to a woman exactly once...and Ladybird wasn’t it.

    And how many other best picture winners were directed by a woman besides Ladybird?

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