I know I said I was out of town. And I am. I am posting this FROM THE BEYOND…
(Well, just beyond Santa Barbara.)
In today’s Vagina News, the 2013 Oscars will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
This makes me happy in part because I quite disliked last year’s frat boy angle, and largely because it’s the third indication in a short time that the Motion Picture Academy is learning what the Republican party is not… How to stop being perceived as a bunch of old, rich, straight, white men.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with being an old, rich, straight, white man. There IS something wrong with being an organization made up of nothing BUT old, rich, straight, white men. As of 2012, Oscar voters were 94% white and 77% male, with a median age of 62. So if your movie doesn’t appeal to that demographic, the odds of you getting Oscar attention are pretty tiny.
(The first indication is the newest ‘class’ of invited members, which has a younger median age and more gender and ethnic diversity than ever before; The second, the recent election of Cheryl Boone Isaacs as President. Boone is the first African-American and third woman in the role, and has been working in high level positions at the Academy for decades.)
For stat nerds, there have been 13 female co-hosts and 2 female solo hosts in Oscar history (Whoopi Goldberg, who hosted 3 times, and DeGeneres, who hosted once.) The remaining 67 Oscar ceremonies have been hosted by men.