Every year, there is a capricious quality to the nominations that makes it difficult to draw any particular meaning from them, but there are likely to be a few discussion points floating around today in the wake of these announcements.
Even for the Oscars — even for the Oscars — this is a really, really lot of white people. Every nominated actor in Lead and Supporting categories — 20 actors in all — is white.
Every nominated director is male. Every nominated screenwriter is male.
Shall we look at story? Every Best Picture nominee here is predominantly about a man or a couple of men, and seven of the eight are about white men, several of whom have similar sort of “complicated genius” profiles, whether they’re real or fictional.
Particularly in light of these two points, the lack of a Best Director nomination for DuVernay (nominations went to Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman, Linklater, Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher, Wes Anderson and Morten Tyldum) is a disappointment not only for those who admired the film and her careful work behind the camera, but also for those who see her as a figure of hope, considering how rare it is for even films about civil rights to have black directors, and how rare it is for any high-profile project at all to be directed by a woman. Scarcity of opportunity tends to breed much lower tolerance for the whimsical sense that nominations normally have, so that even people who know better than to take Oscar voting to heart feel the sting of what seems like a deliberate snub. (While the film has been criticized for the places were it takes liberties with facts, that issue doesn’t comfortably explain any challenges it faces with voters, given the welcoming of The Imitation Game and Foxcatcher, both of which have been criticized for substantial alterations to the stories of not supporting characters but principal characters.)
“Be confident: When you slam into a coast, do it like you mean it. Don’t end your sentences with question marks — if you tell your boss you’re going to erode a coastline, say, “I’m going to erode this coastline, PERIOD.”
On the young end, they may only be 10 or 11; they remain demographically Book Girls at least through college. And they do, on a broad scale, seen in large groups, seem to emerge as a type that is in a sense unfair to all of them but feels like a weighted average: They dress for comfort; they pull their hair back. They move in groups, they drink iced coffee, they talk about podcasts, I secretly suspect as I eyeball their earbuds that all their music is playlists, and they read all the time. They have The Fault In Our Stars shirts that say “Okay” and “Okay” in word balloons, they are very glad Harry and Hermione never got together because that would have been terribly reductive, and they consider power and individuality to be topics for books that are at least as important as kissing.
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: I want to be Linda Holmes when I grow up.
I decided Asami needed her own animal companion, and I figured it should be something small and handy that could help her out while she worked. So she gets a tiger monkey! The wiki only described it as a “monkey with tiger features” so that sounded pretty rad.
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While on Avatar assignment in the Fire Nation with Korra, Asami comes across a small injured tiger monkey. She takes it home to nurse it back to health
Normally a solitary and aloof creature, it takes immediately to Asami and sticks close by her as much as possible
It can be v territorial and protective of Asami and sometimes growls at Korra if she gets too touchy-feely
It has v sharp claws that are retractable, but Asami has to keep them carefully trimmed or risk getting gouged on the shoulders
One day in the workshop Asami absentmindedly says the name of the tool she needs out loud and is shocked when the tiger monkey brings it to her unbidden
She then teaches it all the names of the tools and their different sizes, and it always brings her the correct one
V much like a cat in disposition, it sleeps a lot, usually curled up somewhere within reach of Asami