Emma Stone vs Emma Watson

I’m sure you all saw that incident at the Oscar’s this year. You know which one I mean. The bit where the Best Picture Oscar went to La La Land for a good 2 or 3 minutes before it was correctly awarded to Moonlight. Eek.

That event took center stage this year and I think slightly stole the limelight from the other winners which was a shame. One of the other winners of the night was Emma Stone who (correctly) won for Best Actress.

Take a look at this video where at around 6 minutes in, Emma Stone is asked an interesting question.

A journalist asks Stone if she is going to take Emma Watson out for dinner after turning down the role. Stone, quite rightly, states that Watson is doing pretty well regardless of what she’s insinuating.

emma watson and stoneCan we please stop pitting actresses, women, against each other!?

I certainly haven’t seen Brad Pitt asked to thank a fellow actor for a presumptuous ‘bad career move’ that assisted his own.

Furthermore, the internet is now filled with the casting drama regarding Watson simply turning ‘La La Land’ down as she was already connected to ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Both of which requiring lengthy singing and dancing training. Not to mention one being filmed in La La Land itself, L.A. and BatB being shot in London. It was pretty unfeasible.

However, the media continues to run with this ‘battle of the Emmas’. And nowhere near as much media hype has been made regarding the Miles Teller/Ryan Gosling ‘feud’; will Ryan be taking Miles out to dinner to thank him for turning down his La La Land role I wonder. The fact is this happens every single day. It is extremely rare that any job only ever gets one applicant and someone isn’t beaten to it.

The journalist asking Stone this question was a woman and we are definitely not innocent parties here. Women are some of the worst when it comes to pitting females against each other.

Both Stone and Watson are in two of the biggest films of 2017 and I’m pretty sure they’ll both be fine regardless of their choices. And, dare I say it, happy for each other. Good roles for women are rare in Hollywood and we need to start celebrating successful women in the industry.

 

 

 

 

The Oscars: growth of the struggling white man.

The more I watch the Oscars and give into the hype each year, the more bored I become. The more predictable everything is and one day, I really hope, I’m just not going to participate in the farce at all. But we’ll see how that goes; I usually always give in to the circus of it all.

Let’s begin firstly with the obvious. Sooooo many white people. Like woah, they just kept churning them out didn’t they?! I obviously got my ‘google-on’ immediately and found this extremely interesting article that you can read here, all about how there hasn’t been such a white washed Oscars since 1998.

Now, lets get more specific and talk about the amount of white men that were taking up all the room. There’s a growing trend at the Oscars surrounding female-directed films being nominated for Best Picture, but their director being snubbed. This year that trope was given to ‘Selma’; Ava DuVernay directed this biopic detailing Martin Luther King’s visit to Selma, Alabama and it was widely praised by critics and audiences alike. So why the director snub? I found this little list here which shows how often this formula comes into play.

are you fucking kidding me

Right. Now that I have those annoyances out of my system, I can move onto my biggest gripe. All of the Best Picture nominees follow a particular narrative form- ‘man struggles, grows and finds himself.’ I think that pretty much sums it up in the most basic manner. Like seriously, every, single, one. Now what I mean by this narrative form is that all the films feature a male main character (almost always a white man, the only exception coming from Selma), who struggles to find himself and to deal with this personal growth that he’s battling, only to eventually overcome said obstacles and become a form of hero.

I touched on this subject slightly within my last post discussing the ‘Ant-Man’ trailer, and how it’s overdone and if I have to watch another one of those stories I might pull all of my hair out. Seriously, HOW many different men can I watch go through personal struggles? Surely we’ve exhausted every possible alternative outcome and way that this can be done.

In it’s most SIMPLE forms we have:

‘American Sniper’- man doesn’t like killing people, it fucks with his head and he has a bad time of it. ‘Birdman’- tired actor who used to be a superhero, has existential crisis, has a bad time of it. ‘The Theory of Everything’- man becomes disabled, overcomes his issues, has a bad time of it. ‘Whiplash’- man gets a tutor, tutor is mean, pupil has a bad time of it.

Okaaaay, I could go on but do you see my point? I am not at all demeaning or lessening the struggles of these men, and the things that they have been through, but just why so many men? Y’know Academy, women go through struggles too, we don’t just help the men go through all of their shit and then fade into the background once they’re all happy with themselves again. Now, a lot of people will probably argue ‘ahh but most of these films are based on real events and real people who were male, so maybe if women did more amazing stuff then they’d get cool films made about them too’. Well… no, it doesn’t work like that. Cos even when they do, they just get snub snub snubbed I’m afraid.

‘Cake’, ‘Wild’, ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Still Alice’ are all films which feature female leads. They’re all white I’m afraid but I chose them as being the most likely to have been considered by the Oscars, so I had to think like an old white man. Ew. Any/all of these films could have been nominated. Hell, there were only 8 out of 10 films nominated for Best Picture this year, they could have just added two in for the hell of it. But no, as well as non-whites, non-males also got snubbed this Oscars season and frankly it’s becoming extremely repetitive and boring.