6 Silver Linings to This Year’s Oscar Nominations

January 15, 2015 8:18 PM

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6 Silver Linings to This Year’s Oscar Nominations

For those of us who follow the Oscars year after year with an unhealthy degree of investment, born of the always fragile and ill-advised hope that the Academy might actually get a few things right, this is not a particularly happy morning. It’s not always the case that one of the year’s best movies also happens to be one of its most historically, culturally and politically significant, and almost never is that movie directed by a black woman — an achievement that would matter little were “Selma” not so thoroughly deserving on its own merits.

Whether you chalk it up to racism, sexism, a popularity-contest mentality, excessive screener reliance, a highly selective backlash over perceived historical inaccuracies, or some toxic combination of all five, the Academy’s disregard for Ava DuVernay’s exceptional film is appalling, if not exactly ...

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