The Horror Honeys: No Women or People of Color at the Oscars? So What...

No Women or People of Color at the Oscars? So What...

A Revenge Honey Editorial by Linnie

We know your feels, Jenny Slate. We know them.
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that the headline for this story represents a major turnabout in attitude. On the morning the Oscar nominations were announced, my stomach dropped so many times, I thought I was going to have to sweep it up with a broom. Where the hell was Ava DuVernay's nomination for Selma (a nomination that would have been groundbreaking, making her the first African-American woman to EVER be nominated for Best Director)? Where was Gillian Flynn's nomination for flawlessly adapting her own book into a universally beloved film version of Gone Girl? What about a nomination for the mind-bogglingly brave script for Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child, a film she both wrote and directed? Not to mention the glaring oversight of neglecting David Oyelowo for his uncanny performance as Martin Luther King in Selma?

And, if you want to really take this all the way to the end of the line, The Lego Movie, which seemed to be the one sure thing on nomination morning, was completely left out, aside from a best song nom. The Lego Movie starred Morgan Freeman. See what I'm getting at?

Ya really wanna fuck with Lego Morgan Freeman, huh?

With the exception of the wig on the end, the women are even all blonde.
From a Horror Honey standpoint, we could go on and on about the independent science-fiction and horror marvels that were completely ignored this year (script and cinematography for Only Lovers Left Alive, direction for Jennifer Kent for The Babadook, cinematography and art direction for Snowpiercer, ANYFUCKINGTHING for Tilda Swinton). It took me days to calm down, and to be 100% honest, I'm still sitting on enough pent up anger that I can't pretend I'm not a little bitter. But as our fabulous Head Honey likes to say, I think we need to look at this year's predominantly white male Oscar ceremony as a teachable moment. We've all heard the statistics about those who make up the Academy ad nauseum and I believe that if given the option, those old white dudes would remove the Best Actress category and create one for Five More Best Actors.

Gillian, could your next book be about killing off a bunch of old white dudes
who vote on Award shows? 
However, rather than fester in our anger and get dragged down by it, this is an opportunity to turn those feelings into something constructive. We already know that the Independent Spirit Awards are where the true filmic art is rewarded, where women and POC and the LGBTQQI community see their films appreciated and honored. But the goal is to move forward as a group and make it impossible for the elitist film community in charge of the big award shows to continue to brush us aside. Women like Jennifer Kent, Gillian Robespierre, Ava DuVernay, Leigh Janiak, Ana Lily Amirpour, Tonjia Atomic, Karyn Kusama, Felissa Rose, and so many more are writing, directing, and/or producing their own films. More of us need to trust our talent and skill and follow their leads.

Chrissy is choking on all the excuses.
Some people are quick to point out, "Well, 12 Years a Slave won an Oscar last year!" and "Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar. What's the big deal?" as if we are supposed to be grateful for these scraps we are thrown. But 12 Years a Slave was the first film with a POC in the lead since Slumdog Millionaire in 2009. Before that? Driving Miss Daisy in 1990. And Kathryn Bigelow? She's the ONLY woman to EVER win Best Director, out of an abysmal FOUR in history. I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to feast on Hollywood's scraps anymore. And it's time to do something about it.

Women writers need to start submitting scripts like crazy. People of color need to get behind the camera and tell their stories, whether they are dramas or horror films. We all need to band together and support each other's talent, regardless of whether they are fully-formed or just in the early stages. It's time to stand up, and repeat the immortal lines uttered by my favorite misunderstood film character:

Substitute any Hollywood type of your choice.
Oscars? We don't need no stinking Oscars. We have each other.

And just for fun, our Sci-Fi Honey 2.0 Katie, fixed the nominations that the Academy screwed up. We both agree that the exclusion of Life Itself for Best Documentary was atrocious, and the only thing I'D do differently is take out Mr. Turner for Best Cinematography and switch it with Snowpiercer.

Best Picture (they should stick to 5 nominations like the good 'ol days)
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Director
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin

Best Actor
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Scarlett Johansson in 'Under the Skin'

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Essie Davis, The Babadook
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Alfred Molina, Love is Strange
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

Jake Gyllenhaal & René Russo in 'Nightcrawler'
Best Cinematography
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Turner

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory Of Everything

Unikitty in 'The Lego Movie'

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
The Tale Of Princess Kaguya