black holes and gray matter. in one thousand tangos.

             

"Of the 500 top-grossing films between 2007 and 2012, only 33 were directed by black men and only two by black women. In front of the camera black men and women fared better, securing 10.8 percent of speaking roles in the 100 top-grossing films of 2012. Hispanic actors, however, filled just 4.2 percent of that year’s speaking roles.

Some 1,228 directors, writers and producers worked on the 100 top films of 2012. Only 16.7 percent of them were women. More specifically, women accounted for 4.1 percent of directors, 12.2 percent of writers and 20 percent of producers. That means men outnumbered women 5-to-1 in the most significant behind-the-camera roles.

The Academy Awards may split its acting prizes evenly between men and women, but the movie industry certainly does not apportion roles that way. Women obtained a mere 28.4 percent of speaking parts in the 100 top films of 2012. And only six percent of those films cast men and women in roughly equal numbers (defined as between 45 percent and 54.9 percent of speaking parts).”

Post-Oscars Diversity Downer

“Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are NOT. Audiences want to see them, and, in FACT, they make money.

The world is ROUND, people!”
Cate Blanchett

Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I’m so proud to share this journey with you. I’m in awe and have so much respect for you all. To the Academy, thank you.

In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight.

And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream.

To my brother, Shannon, the best big brother in the world, you’re a true artist. Thank you so much for sharing this insane and amazing adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars, and for being my best friend. I love you. Thank you.

To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to… to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible… We’re thinking of you tonight. …

And this for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world WITH you and FOR you. Thank you so much and goodnight.

Jared Leto
“The Academy makes the annual and long-standing mistake of basing its selections solely on the nominations, one per country, of an official committee from each country. It’s downright immoral to defer to choices made by government-controlled boards in repressive places. Many of the best Chinese and Iranian films, for example, are made by dissident filmmakers whose work would have no chance of nomination. The Academy should take control of the situation and put together its own commission to select foreign-film nominees released in the course of the year.”
Richard Brody on the Best Foreign-Language Film
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