Save Me Not Second Base
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and a lot of waffling over whether I should get involved with a debatable issue. But one of the things you learn in the School of Humanities is that rhetoric is open for critique.
Go on. Save the boobies. Save the tatas. Save second base. Raise money. Sell wristbands. Base entire campaigns around a secondary, sexualized sex characteristic used pars pro toto for womanhood. You’ll get away with it.
But first save the people they’re attached to.
(Source: nihilnovisubsole, via smellslikegirlriot)
Leonardo DiCaprio congratulates Matthew Mcconaughey on his win for Best Leading Actor at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, March 2nd, 2014
"This isn’t over," Leo whispers.
Hang in there, Leo. Your day is coming.
Now that the 2013 Oscar Death Race has officially come to an end — during which I saw a respectable 54/57 nominated films — I thought I’d take a moment and pick the movies that were my favorites. These choices reflect what my Oscar ballot would look like; not necessarily the ones I think *will* win, but the ones I thought were the best, in my own humble, deeply flawed opinion.
And, yes, it’s perfectly ok for you to disagree with my picks, as I very well may disagree with yours. The very term “Best” is subjective; there is no objective standard one can use to judge most of these categories. Where and when you were born, the color of your skin, your social class, your life experiences, etc. will all influence what appeals to you on an emotional and intellectual level.
So, as of today, here are my picks. Time and distance will probably change a few of these. That’s what makes it fun. :)
Best Picture: HER. Runners Up: 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.
Actor in a Leading Role: Tie: Leonardo DiCaprio and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Actress in a Leading Role: Judi Dench. Runner up: Cate Blanchett.
Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael Fassbender. Runner up: Jared Leto.
Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o.
Animated Feature Film: FROZEN. (note: have not yet seen ERNEST & CELESTINE)
Cinematography: THE GRANDMASTER.
Costume Design: THE GRANDMASTER.
Directing: Steve McQueen. Runners up: Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron.
Documentary Feature: THE ACT OF KILLING. (Note: have not yet seen THE SQUARE.)
Documentary Short: PRISON TERMINAL
Film Editing: GRAVITY. Runner up: 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
Foreign Language Film: THE GREAT BEAUTY. (Note: have not yet seen THE MISSING PICTURE.)
Makeup and Hairstyling: BAD GRANDPA. (Though, honestly, the fact that AMERICAN HUSTLE wasn’t nominated makes this category meaningless)
Music (Original Score): HER.
Music (Original Song): “Let it Go”
Production Design: AMERICAN HUSTLE. Runner up: HER.
Short Film (Animated): MR. HUBLOT. Runner up: POSSESSIONS.
Short Film (Live Action): JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING. Runner Up: MUST I DO EVERYTHING?
Sound Editing: LONE SURVIVOR
Sound Mixing: GRAVITY.
Visual Effects: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. (Smaug alone nailed this one for me). Runner Up: GRAVITY.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Tie: 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.
Writing (Original Screenplay): HER.
Step 1: Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting now that they’ve had a gender switch. What if the plumber or pilot or construction foreman is a woman? What if the taxi driver or the scheming politician is a woman? What if both police officers that arrive on the scene are women — and it’s not a big deal?
Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, “A crowd gathers, which is half female.” That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first ADs think women don’t gather, I don’t know.
And there you have it. You have just quickly and easily boosted the female presence in your project without changing a line of dialogue.
(Source: kellysue, via wilwheaton)