All posts tagged: David Oyelowo

Exploring Gender & Race On-Screen

When I graduated in 2013 and started this blog, I began to watch films more critically and evaluate them with a strict sense of what a film is meant to do. Some films are meant to make us laugh – others make us think – most make us feel. But what I believe all films should do is reflect our world accurately. A futuristic sci-fi should not feature a cast of one race. Romantic comedies should not only be about women fighting for the love of a man. Period pieces should not soften facts to appease the masses. No matter how fantastical the story is, I believe the filmmaker – as a cultural influencer – has the duty of doing their best to accurately reflect our culture in some way or another. Most directly, this means making diverse casting choices and writing scripts to support these roles. According to the New York Film Academy, women make up only 30.8% of speaking roles in films to this day, which is absolutely not reflective of the world’s female population. This past year, …

My Thoughts on This Year’s Oscar Nominations

Each year countless deserving contenders are left out of the Oscar running, and like clockwork, audience members, filmmakers, and culture consumers rant about it on Twitter. I’ve never gotten too upset over Oscar snubs, until this year. I’m mad and I want to talk about it. Let me get one snub off my chest. Nightcrawler was a spectacular film that I felt deserved a Best Picture and Best Director nod. But more disappointing than those omissions is that Jake Gyllenhaal was ignored and left out of the Best Actor category. His captivating performance as Lou Bloom was nothing short of magnificent. He was bone chillingly good as the nocturnal creature-of-a-man who will do whatever it takes to make money, and he absolutely deserved a nomination. Now that Nightcrawler is off my chest, on to what really got me riled up. SELMA. Anyone who has seen Selma would agree that David Oyelowo deserved an Oscar nomination (and I think, a win). How in the world was he left out? It just feels wrong; horribly and terribly wrong. The fact that Ava DuVernay was left out of the running …