Oscars 2015: How Are Women Portrayed In The 8 Movies Nominated for Best Picture?
This Oscar season, it struck us how there have been eight movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar this year—and of those eight movies, none of them tell stories about women (The Theory of Everything comes closest, because it tells the story of a man and a woman). As NPR‘s Linda Holmes points out, most of these movies all share a common trait: they’re about white men with “‘complicated genius’ profiles.”
Five women have been nominated for Best Actress, and except for Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), none of their movies have been nominated for Best Picture. Marion Cotillard has been nominated for Two Days, One Night, a drama which centers on a Belgian woman struggling to keep herjob. In Still Alice, Julianne Moore plays a college professor battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The Atlantic points out how Best Actress and Best Picture rarely coincide: “What this all points to—a dearth of leading roles for women—is by no means a novel observation. But these numbers are stark. They provide a glum response to the question of why Wild, a film whose Rotten Tomatoes score (91 percent) puts it ahead of The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and American Sniper, got zero nominations in non-actress categories.”
Sadly, 2015 marks the lowest nominations for Best Actress films since 2003. Not to mention, zero actors of color have been nominated, and Selma only received two nominations (Best Picture and Best Original Song), sparking the #OscarsSoWhite trending hashtag on Twitter started by @ReignOfApril.
To that note, we put together an analysis of the portrayal of women in this year’s Oscar nominated films — American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash — and graded them accordingly. Our ratings aren’t necessarily indicative of the quality of the films themselves; they’re designed to draw attention to women’s representations, or lack thereof. (Continued at the source.)