The Visible and the Invisible at the 87th Annual Oscars | Sophie Cowley

February 24, 2015 9:57 PM

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The Visible and the Invisible at the 87th Annual Oscars | Sophie Cowley

On Sunday night, like many of you, I watched the Academy Awards. I have always admired the art of film, but one aspect of the medium I am particularly grateful for is the voice is provides for those individuals and groups who have been marginalized throughout their lives. This Oscar season, political and social justice in America felt like more pertinent themes than ever. The films themselves -- from Selma to The Imitation Game to Still Alice and The Theory of Everything -- reflect historical and contemporary struggles with racism, gender and sexual discrimination, as well as personal health. Yet ironically, amidst the diversity of subjects remained a predominantly white male heteronormative image.

Within the plastic bubble of Hollywood, it's no secret that honesty is a rare commodity. So when nominees take advantage of their thirty-second time slots to bring attention to important social issues, I cheer them on whole-heartedly. My friends and I applauded during Patricia Arquette's speech in w...

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