And the award goes to…

Posted: February 23, 2015 in English language
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Just prior to the 2015 Oscars the International Business Times ran an article about how the Academy Awards voters are dominated by white men (with an average age of 63). A number of voters quoted (from an interview with Hollywood Reporter) defended this year’s nominations on the grounds that these just were the best films. If we take that at face value, then the shortlist that the voters were faced with for Best Picture was as follows:

(a) A story about a brilliant white theoretical physicist who is struck by a terrible illness;

(b) A story about a young white man’s attempt to become a great jazz drummer;

(c) A story about a white middle-aged male concierge at a fictional European hotel;

(d) A story about a white boy growing up;

(e) A story about a white male mathematician who helped win the second world war;

(f) A story about a white male soldier who killed lots of dark-skinned people in Iraq;

(g) A story about a black man’s campaign for equal rights for black Americans;

(h) A story about a white male Hollywood actor, played by a white male Hollywood actor whose age in real life is the same as the average age of the Academy’s voters (63).

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