Our friends at Vox are at it again. Here’s what they just tweeted out about “Selma,” the critically-acclaimed biopic on Martin Luther King, Jr.:
— Vox (@voxdotcom) January 15, 2015
Got that? “Snubbed.”
But as we noted in an earlier post on this year’s Academy Award nominees, “Selma” was far from “snubbed” and was nominated for Best Picture:
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 15, 2015
Tweeters were quick to pile on:
@voxdotcom "Selma" was nominated for Best Picture. How is that being snubbed?
— IMZ (@IMZ_Politics) January 15, 2015
@voxdotcom Or… maybe it’s just a really good movie without a lot of elite individual components – like the San Antonio Spurs of movies?
— scottkier (@scottkier) January 15, 2015
@voxdotcom it was nominated for best picture u tools!!! Ugh!! Character not color!
— Maryam (@mm77atl) January 15, 2015
So, what gives. How exactly does Vox define “snubbed”? Here’s how:
As recently as a few weeks ago, the film was being touted as the one that might take down presumptive frontrunner Boyhood and certainly one that would score nominations for lead actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay.
Now, it’s the least-nominated film in the Best Picture category.
One man’s “snubbed” is another man’s “greedy.”
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But, more importantly, let’s address why Vox thinks Selma didn’t get nominated for more awards. Here’s the No. 1 reason (out of 5) on their list and the only one mentioned in the tweet or title of their post:
1) The Academy is really old, really white, and really male
But Vox, however, won’t come out and call these voters racist. To Vox, these old, white men practice “artistic conservatism”:
The Academy is diversifying, and that has led to bolder choices in recent years. (Movies like 12 Years a Slave or Her would never have won Oscars even 10 years ago.) But it’s a slow process, and that’s reflected in the artistic conservatism of this year’s nominees.
Tweeters aren’t buying this either. For example, a 63-year-old was a teenager at the time of the events of “Selma” and would have lived through it:
@voxdotcom A 63 year old white man was 13-14 in 1965. I imagine that the events in Selma made some kind of impression on them.
— Martin (@taranaki66) January 15, 2015
And this really is the more important question. Who did these 63-year-old men vote for in past elections?
— Devon K (@DevonK4) January 15, 2015
Or this. Explain away, Voxers:
@voxdotcom the same demo that heaped noms on '12 Years a Slave' just one year ago? Perhaps the movie is just not that good
— Jeremy Levine (@Jeremy10036) January 15, 2015
@voxdotcom Age and race didn't matter last year?
— Derek Straker (@Dr_Straker) January 15, 2015
— Devon K (@DevonK4) January 15, 2015
Vox then goes on to explain why race wasn’t the only factor. Maybe, then, they should put that in their title?
— Nick Van Amburg (@GamingTheory) January 15, 2015
Here are their other four reasons:
2) Paramount bungled the campaign
3) There were a lot of other traditionalist biopics this year
4) It came out too late
5) Roger Ebert died
For real. The other old, white men won’t behave properly without old, white man Roger Ebert to lead them?
Editor’s note: The final sentence of this post has been updated to correct the name of Roger Ebert (previous version incorrectly listed his first name as Robert).
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