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2023 Oscars criticized for sexist nominations

Riz Ahmed and Alison Williams announced the nominees for the 95th Academy Awards. (Los Angeles, January 24, 2023) Abaka

The American organization Women In Film complained in a press release that it sent varietyon Tuesday, January 24, against the lack of women among the best director Oscar nominees.

“Once again, the Academy has shown that it doesn’t care about women’s voices by leaving us out of the Best Director nominations,” the statement said. The American organization Women In Film, which defends equal opportunities in the seventh art, has indeed condemned in an official message that was transmitted: variety on Tuesday, January 24, the absence of women among the Oscar nominees for best director. However, this category is mixed, reminds the association. “An Oscar is more than a golden statue, it’s a career accelerator,” argues Women in Film.

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Five men per category

This year, indeed, the directors are Martin McDonagh (Banshees of Inisherin), Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schweinert (Everything everywhere at once), Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans), Todd Field (TAR:) and Ruben Ostlund (The triangle of sadness) who will compete in this category. However, Sarah Polley, who directed the film Talking womenMaria Schrader, originator He said, or Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed The female king, could be included in this category. The directors are also conspicuous by their absence in the best films section. Only among the ten feature films in competition Talking women it is called there. An imbalance that spawned the #OscarsSoMale hashtag.

Lack of diversity

“You’d think they were going to at least name a director to shut us down, but no,” journalist Sophie Vershbow observed on Twitter. As noted varietyOnly seven women claimed the title of the best director in the history of “Oscar”. Three of them have won this award: Kathryn Bigelow in 2010, Chloe Zhao in 2020, and Jane Campion in 2022.

This is also not the first time when “Oscar” is accused of discrimination. In 2016, the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag was born, pointing out the ceremony’s lack of diversity. The same controversy could be felt in France, as the list of César nominees was released this Wednesday, January 25. There are no women in the Best Achievement category. Netizens especially lamented the absence of Alice Winokur (See Paris againRebecca Zlotowski (Other people’s children) and Alice Diop (Saint-Omer) among those nominated.

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Source: Le Figaro

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