It really is hard to imagine something you can’t see.Greta Gerwig, writer/director, Little Women
68% male. 84% white. That’s how these Oscar 2020 nominations went down; that is the group who nominates and votes. That is how films like The Farewell are ignored.
Diversity will only happen when that body of membership changes.
To become an Academy member, artists need professional credits.
To build credits, they need to find work. To find work, they need someone to give them a chance and look past gender, skin colour (and boob size) and see human potential.
Change starts at the gate marked Enter Here.
Change is also only possible when critical bodies stop echoing bad choices from one another so unworthy, boring and utterly non-essential films cease receiving recognition, no matter how relentless a marketing campaign. Yes, I’m looking at you, The Irishman.
We see you and we hear you, Old White Guys of the Academy. We get it. You don’t want to be forgotten. We will always have your stories. They are burned forever in our collective consciousness. Your 2020 choices reflect your panic. But you still have the chance to do the right thing. Vote for Parasite.
The future is here. You can open the gate or you can just watch it being crashed by exciting new mediums and storytellers from every corner of the planet.