A few months ago, the Oscars announced certain inclusion criteria for movies to be considered for best picture nominations.
Without going through the entire list, which you would think was hatched from an Elementary school’s PTA meeting. Here are some examples:
-At least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group.
-At least 30% of all actors in secondary and more minor roles are to be from certain underrepresented groups; or the main theme or narrative is centered on an underrepresented group.
This begs the question; How will the Oscars be different than an award show for a third grade class? How are these rules different than the ones on the take home pamphlet the school sends out to parents reminding them that their kids should play nice with one another and include others in their activities? How is this different than schools giving out awards to all the kids so they don’t feel left out or even worse, so that mommy doesn’t complain that her little boy’s feelings getting hurt.
I remember back in the day when things were not nearly as absurd, when our teachers forced all the girls in our 5th grade class to give Valentines day candies to all the boys if they were to give candies at all – regardless if they liked the boys or not so as to not hurt our feelings. Their little scheme didn’t work though, I knew who Jennifer really liked and that sure wasn’t me. But that’s beside the point.
The point is, even as a kid I knew that a prize begotten out of obligation is less rewarding than not getting the prize at all. There is nothing wrong with inclusivity and diversity, but not if it’s mandated. Specially in the entertainment industry where creativity and artistic liberty is the heart of all the great films created.
Has Hollywood really turned that immature and weak that it must succumb to pressure from its own liberalism at all times now. As is, knowing that the Studios cater to China and are now under pressure to not offend anyone in their movies has truly made the movies and their awards kiddie play.
Long gone are the times of Bob Hope and Billy Crystal who introduced best movies and actors who were truly deserving. Long gone are the days that I would make sure to watch all the movies nominated for an Oscar before the big show. Long gone are the days that I would feel exhilarated from watching the titans of the industry like Nicholson, Pacino, Denzel, Michael Douglas, and Julia Roberts and be in awe of their characters and films.
Let’s bring real movies back Hollywood and change the ratings system to include MZ – not suited for Millennial or gen Z. These are for all movies that do not include empowerment messages to women and minorities.
I can only hope that Hollywood has some spine left to stand up to these pressures and we can all fly over the Cuckoos nest.