This Year’s Academy Awards is Treading the Thin Line of Gender

It’s boy films versus girl films this year at the Oscars and while no wants to call it that, many people saying exactly this; it’s plain and simply a battle of the sexes. From Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood, industry insiders are calling it the after-effects of the#MeToo movement. However, the biggest issue that is staring at academy awards is the lack of people of color, but no one seems to notice is because they are all caught up in a gender war. 

Will it be #OscarsSoWhite again this time around

Remember #OscarsSoWhite in 2016, looks like the same might happen this year and it might be quite embarrassing for the entire awards ceremony. While the Oscars were always synonymous with glitz and glamour and some of the most beautiful men and women in the world coming together under one roof to celebrate talent in the film industry, today, the world wants more than just entertainment. They want the film industry to stand for something, be it gender right, supporting the LGBTQI community and the featuring of talented actors who are also people of color. However, both figuratively and literally, it’s the battle of the sexes. Set in the 1970s Emma Stone plays Billie Jean King, a top female tennis player who wants to shatter the glass ceiling of the boys’ club. instead of putting up a fight, she sets up her own girls’ club top women players. 

Will the Oscars introduce gender-neutral categories?

Joining Stone are also Renée Zellweger’s Judy on the “girls’ side” and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker on the “boys’ side” who are telling stories of men in women in different walks of life. Ever since #MeToo, there has been quite a surge of women’s stories told in cinema, however, the problem is that they seem to only speak about caucasian women. “This femme-friendly realignment could well have provoked some dad-centric counter-programming: tales of gangsters, warfare, cars, and spacemen. Or does the gender gap suggest there are a lot of male auteurs out there who can’t or won’t tell women’s stories?”, said The Guardian. On the other hand, people like Charlize Theron are calling for gender-neutral awards and are hoping that they will soon become a reality. While the awards have increased their representation more than ever, in 2016, it was revealed that 92% of Oscars voters were white and 75% were male.

All of this begs the question of whether Hollywood really wants to change or is this just a bid to keep up appearances. Well, we shall know when they call out the winners.

Image credit: Observer

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