casey affleck

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I’m still pushing “Manchester under the Sun” hard. 

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Pretty late to this, but I finally decided to rank these and make a definitive list.

My Favorite Films of 2016!

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Fuck you, you don’t owe it to yourself man, you owe it to me. Cause tomorrow I’m gonna wake up and I’ll be 50, and I’ll still be doing this shit. And that’s all right. That’s fine. I mean, you’re sitting on a winning lottery ticket, and you’re too much of a pussy to cash it in and that’s bullshit. Cause I’d do fucking anything to have what you got. So would any of these fucking guys. It’d be an insult to us if you’re still here in 20 years. Hanging around here is a fucking waste of your time.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

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We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.

Interstellar (2014) dir. Christopher Nolan

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Paltry noms for women directors at the 2017 Golden Globes

First the (slightly) good news. There were two films directed by women nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Golden Globes: Divines directed by Houda Benyamina for France and Toni Erdmann directed by Maren Ade for Germany. 

Another minuscule bright spot: Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role in Kelly Fremon Craig’s The Edge of Seventeen, one of the few wide releases directed by a woman of 2016. 

But that was essentially it for films directed by women. No women or films directed by women got nominations for directing, Best Picture, Song etc and there were no other performances nominated that were directed by women. 

In a sense this was somewhat predictable. Awards season is a business and as long as Hollywood keeps shutting out women they are going to continue to be ignored when it comes to awards. There were many women directing critical favourites this year (aside from Toni Erdmann, American Honey, Certain Women and The Love Witch have shown up on numerous critical Best Of lists) but these either came from tiny studios or had a box office so small it couldn’t justify the millions a distributor would need to spend campaigning for awards, or both.   

On the other hand Hollywood showed us just what sort of people they do nominate. Mel Gibson, who was turned into a social pariah a few years ago after tapes of him verbally abusing his girlfriend using racist language leaked and who physically assaulted her while she was holding their child scored multiple nominations for Hacksaw Ridge, including the prestigious Best Director and Best Picture. Casey Affleck, who settled a case where he was accused of sexually assaulting female employees of his on the set of his mockumentary I’m Still Here, continued to rack up awards with a Best Actor nom for Manchester By the Sea. Earlier this year we watched publication after publication go after Nate Parker and torpedo his Oscar chances and now we get to watch as two white men, accused of similar violent assaults against women go for Oscar glory. 

The lack of nominations for women directors would be appalling on its own, but paired with these nominations for two men who have documented cases of abuse it seems like a surreal slap in the face to anyone who cares about women, justice and equality.