Oscar© has announced a slate of candidates he is running for the cinematic election that will be held on March 2, 2014. This date was moved up as there was controversy surrounding the previous date as well as emerging conflicts surrounding the dates of other award elections.
Oscar©’s ballot clearly represents the standard filmic party system, as the choices he has nominated for top honors are unsurprisingly typical. Oscar© has a narrow range of tastes that constrains what he is comfortable nominating and picking, which can be defined as conservative, safe and what he considers “Oscar©-worthy,” which is another way of saying he knows it when he sees it. It sure doesn’t leave room for the risky, experimental and progressive.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux; directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Male gaze: A feature of gender power asymmetry in film, the concept proposes that women are objectified in film because heterosexual men are in control of the camera. The male gaze occurs when the camera puts the audience into the perspective of a heterosexual man. It may linger over the curves of a woman’s body, for instance. The woman is usually displayed on two different levels: as an erotic object for both the characters within the film, as well as for the spectator who is watching the film. The man emerges as the dominant power within the created film fantasy. The woman is passive to the active gaze from the man. In mainstream cinema, this adds an element of patriarchal order as the male gaze typically takes precedence over the female gaze, reflecting an underlying power asymmetry. (Source: Wikipedia entry for the general term “Gaze”)
12 Years a Slave
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt; directed by Steve McQueen
Escape from Tomorrow
Starring Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez; directed by Randy Moore
Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney; directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson; directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The World’s End
Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike; directed by Edgar Wright
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz; directed by Lee Daniels
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Statement of Critic Man
On the films The Act of Killing and Blackfish