THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Inclusion is the 2018 Oscars theme, but Frances McDormand calls for more — Brandy McDonnell reports

Film Frances McDormandFrances McDormand undoubtedly sent people rushing to their Google search bars when she capped her Oscar acceptance with “two words: ‘inclusion rider.’” Most people are at least somewhat familiar with riders, which are provisional clauses in contracts, and an inclusion rider would be put into actors and other film workers’ contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in the hiring for the project. McDormand’s pointed comment epitomizes the overall theme of the 2018 Oscars, at which presenters and award winners continually made demands for inclusion and diversity, as well as equal opportunity and representation industry-wide. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: A Guide to Seeing This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films — Brandy McDonnell reports

oscars goldThe 90th Oscars will be handed out Sunday at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central / 5 p.m. Pacific Time. There’s still time to catch up on seeing the nominees in theaters and on smaller screens before the big event. See our guide on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

EDITOR’S NOTE: You may also be interested in reading about AWFJ’s 2018 Oscar Predictions.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: 2017 Oscar Nominations — Brandy McDonnell comments

With the 2017 Oscar nominations, the Academy broke or tied multiple records. The movie musical “La La Land” earned a leading 14 nominations, putting it in a tie with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in Academy Awards history. Its nods include best picture, best director and best original screenplay for writer-director Damien Chazelle, best actress for Emma Stone and best actor for Ryan Gosling. How did they fare on gender parity and diversity? Read more on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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On #OscarsSoWhite, Genre Inclusion, and Enabling the Status Quo – Candice Frederick comments

The blinding whiteness of the Oscars nominations is on the tips of everyone’s tongues–again. Honestly, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that once again the Academy completely ignored performances from people like Benicio del Toro (Sicario), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), Rinko Kikuchi (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter) and all the lead actors in Straight Outta Compton. We all know they have a looooong history of blatantly ignoring some of the best talent of color ever to walk the earth. In an industry that continues to pat itself on the back, suck its own b*lls, and self-congratulate over and over (so much so that that they don’t have just one award, they have a season of awards), none of this is shocking. But what might be the most frightening thing about all of this is that there are actually people out there who scoff at accusations of Academy discrimination. Read more>>

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TWIW: Academy’s Diversity Booster, plus Viola Davis, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and more — Brandy McDonnell comments

The Academy’s Cheryl Boone Isaac??????????????? has announced “a sweeping series of substantive changes” to boost diversity, including a commitment to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020, but can the Oscars truly change unless Hollywood changes, too? Viola Davis addresses diversity issues in television and film. Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander take on new roles and a tribute to Oscar-winning screenwriter Frances Marion. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Frontrunner SPOTLIGHT, #OscarsSoWhite, The Contentious Award Season – Quendrith Johnson comments

If Oscar-winner Sean Penn can go interview El Chapo, then the state of journalism really is in trouble — oh, never mind, this is just indicative of how movie people perceive and interpret the craft of journalistic writing and reporting. A cocky Penn goes on Charlie Rose to call out those who ‘don’t think I’m a real journalist,’ while having committed a de facto ethical violation of the profession by grandstanding for Rolling Stone with a fugitive, mass-murdering, drug Lord. But, if turnabout is fair play, most journalists would happily take a shot at starring in his next straight-to-video motion picture. But what are we really discussing here, writing, reporting, The Death of The Media, The Rise of The Internet? Nope. This inelegant segue leads directly to our Oscar front runner for Best Picture, Spotlight. Read more in AWARDS INTELLIGENCER

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Women at the Oscars, Statswise – Brandy McDonnell comments

Following a year when gender equality – or rather the lack thereof – was one of the biggest issues in Hollywood, the Academy Award nominations reflected a bit of improvement in the number of female nominees for the 2016 Oscars. But only a bit. Read more on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Heather McIntosh on Scoring Z FOR ZACHARIAH – Michelle McCue interviews

heather mcintosh headshotComposer Heather McIntosh is hopeful for women making music in Hollywood. She created the the riveting, emotion-packed score for Z for Zachariah, and was one of only four women who made the 2013 Academy Awards shortlist of composers for Best Original Score for Compliance. “The numbers are growing for women film composers and it’s a really exciting time,” she comments. “I think people are hungry for new voices in storytelling and there is real potential in that. It’s so encouraging. We’re just getting our bearings a little bit and it’s been exciting to get this momentum going as there are super talented women. There is an organization here called the Alliance of Women Film Composers (http://theawfc.com/) that has a really great support system. I’d love to work on big projects and I’m very hopeful.” Read Michelle McCue’s interview>>

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An Open Letter to the New York Film Festival Selection Committee – Rania Richardson

Dear NYFF Selection Committee,

It was a surprise to many last Thursday, when Ava DuVernay was not on the list of Academy Award nominees for Best Director despite her widely hailed work on “Selma.” Then again, Kathryn Bigelow’s 2010 Oscar win for “The Hurt Locker” didn’t exactly usher in a new dawn for female filmmakers.

It’s a boy’s club, this movie world. You know it is. Read on…

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OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (86th Academy Awards) — Review by MaryAnn Johanson

There is a single thread running through these shorts, and it is deeply existential and irreducibly personal: How do we save ourselves? Read more>>

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OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS (86th Academy Awards) — Review by MaryAnn Johanson

The French “Mr. Hublot” creates an utterly real yet completely fantastical world, a palpable steampunk environment of gorgeous mechanical loveliness. Read more>>

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OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE-ACTION SHORTS (86th Academy Awards) — Review by MaryAnn Johanson

My favorite of the five films is the British “The Voorman Problem,” starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander in a hilarious and provocative bit of speculative fantasy. Read more>>

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