Represent | Helen Eisenbach

January 20, 2015 7:56 PM

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Two years ago, when Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Oscar overlords for directing the historically inaccurate but entertainingly bellbottomed Argo, Hollywood and the media rose up in outrage, until Ben was given a Best Picture prize in consolation and peace was restored to the land. Will the same cavalry right the wrong done Ava DuVernay, whose Selma is not merely Important in ways Hollywood usually applauds but powerfully well made? I fear the answer to that question.

Thursday morning when I learned the Academy's list of nominees, I spent the rest of the day alternating between despair and rage. In fact, I have loved movies unabashedly since I was 18 months old and my mother took me to see my first feature. She waited for me to cry or act up, expecting to have to...

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