Our friends at Vox are at it again. Here’s what they just tweeted out about “Selma,” the critically-acclaimed biopic on Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Got that? “Snubbed.”
But as we noted in an earlier post on this year’s Academy Award nominees, “Selma” was far from “snubbed” and was nominated for Best Picture:
Tweeters were quick to pile on:
So, what gives. How exactly does Vox define “snubbed”? Here’s how:
As recently as a few weeks ago, the film was being touted as the one that might take down presumptive frontrunner Boyhood and certainly one that would score nominations for lead actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay.
Now, it’s the least-nominated film in the Best Picture category.
One man’s “snubbed” is another man’s “greedy.”
But, more importantly, let’s address why Vox thinks Selma didn’t get nominated for more awards. Here’s the No. 1 reason (out of 5) on their list and the only one mentioned in the tweet or title of their post:
1) The Academy is really old, really white, and really male
But Vox, however, won’t come out and call these voters racist. To Vox, these old, white men practice “artistic conservatism”:
The Academy is diversifying, and that has led to bolder choices in recent years. (Movies like 12 Years a Slave or Her would never have won Oscars even 10 years ago.) But it’s a slow process, and that’s reflected in the artistic conservatism of this year’s nominees.
Tweeters aren’t buying this either. For example, a 63-year-old was a teenager at the time of the events of “Selma” and would have lived through it:
And this really is the more important question. Who did these 63-year-old men vote for in past elections?
Or this. Explain away, Voxers:
Vox then goes on to explain why race wasn’t the only factor. Maybe, then, they should put that in their title?
Here are their other four reasons:
2) Paramount bungled the campaign
3) There were a lot of other traditionalist biopics this year
4) It came out too late
5) Roger Ebert died
For real. The other old, white men won’t behave properly without old, white man Roger Ebert to lead them?
Editor’s note: The final sentence of this post has been updated to correct the name of Roger Ebert (previous version incorrectly listed his first name as Robert).