Women Deserved Better at the 2013 Oscars

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by Kerensa Cadenas
February 25, 2013 2:43 PM
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With Seth McFarlane hosting the Oscars, we here at Women and Hollywood weren’t expecting much. But the sexist, racist, homophobic and completely unfunny spree that McFarlane hosted was even worse than imagined.

The fact that a song about which Hollywood women's breasts have been on display in films led off the evening was clearly in poor taste and was a blatant misogynistic attempt to court the young male viewers at the expense of basically every leading lady and all the rest of us who do not enjoy women's body parts being made fun of. We live in a world where women in many countries are judged inferior because of our bodies and it is painful to know that the Academy thought this was appropriate for their ceremony. Couple that with The Onion’s horrific tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis, which they have since apologized for, ended in a bizarrely hateful evening. 

However, it was a night whose anti-woman message was undercut by the sheer talent and magnitude of the women involved in last night’s ceremony from the music performances—Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Jennifer Hudson to the presenters---Meryl Streep, Queen Latifah, Michelle Obama—and the very deserving winners—Brenda Chapman, Andrea Nix Fine, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway.

The women at the Oscars deserved much better as did all of us watching at home.  Here are all the women who won. You can find a full list of winners at the link below.

Lead Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Animated Feature: Brave, Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews

Costume Design: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran

Documentary Short: Inocente, Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine

Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Original Song: "Skyfall" from Skyfall Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Sound Editing: Skyfall, Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg

The Oscar 2013 Winners | 'Argo' Wins Best Picture; 'Life of Pi' Tops Ceremony With 4 Awards (Indiewire)

9 Sexist Things That Happened At The Oscars (Buzzfeed Shift)

Why Seth MacFarlane and The Onion’s Jokes About Quvenzhané Wallis Are So Gross (Think Progress)

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27 Comments

  • CRY A RIVER | March 20, 2013 10:35 AMReply

    Seriously women like you give all hard working women who don't complain about shit a bad name! Stop crying about everything, this whole women in Hollywood is worst than black people comparing about not having the same opportunities as their white peers.

    How many black directors have won a best directing Oscar... NONE how many have been nominated for a best directing Oscar.... TWO. FOUR women have been nominated for a best directing Oscar and One has WON and now is when all the compiling comes... JUST STOP IT!!!!

  • Hornacek | March 5, 2013 2:02 PMReply

    Oh, give me a break!

    Sexist - wow, I guess 99% of stand-up comics are sexist too because they made jokes about women. Oh no, he sang a song about seeing women's boobs in movies! Did you miss the Oscars where lots of people were making fun of Kate Winslett being naked in most of her movies? Were all of those people sexist?

    Racist - what awards show were you watching?

    Homophobic - unbelievable

    Completely unfunny - most of his jokes caused lots of laughter. And the reviews have been very good.

    Why don't you claim that he made anti-Nazi jokes for that Sound of Music joke? (which killed, BTW)

    Looks like someone had already made up their mind before the show started.

  • Jeff | February 28, 2013 6:31 PMReply

    You embarrass yourself to call out an entire industry, which historically produced content primarily for women, and yet provide no substantial evidence or argument to support your claims. Being a woman ought not afford you the right to publicity, just for placidly complaining about how hard it is to be a woman.

  • Bob The Slacker | March 5, 2013 3:03 PM

    "New York Times states women directing one of the top 250 films fell from 11% in 2000 to 9% in 2012. And its still lowering. 90% of films are directed by men. "

    Still lowering? It's getting higher not lower according to Times.

    "Even happier: 9 percent of the top 250 movies at the domestic box office last year were made by female directors. That’s substantially higher than the 2011 figure of 5 percent. Martha Lauzen — the San Diego State University professor whose annual Celluloid Ceiling report tracks the employment of women in the movie industry — said the 2012 figure was the highest since 2000, when 11 percent were made by female directors. (The percentages were based on the year’s top 250 films according to boxofficemojo.com. In cases involving more than one director, as with “Brave,” “Ruby Sparks” and other films, a third or half proportion was assigned.) "

    The numbers are increasing but slowly.

    "The sole reason for their exclusion is that the money men who fund films want to keep men in charge, women on the sidelines."

    Correlation does not prove causation. Don't automatically assume that the sole reason for the lack of women in the film industry is due to sexism.

  • Enid Coleslaw | March 1, 2013 2:20 AM

    Aloha
    Jeff I think you need to check your facts.
    New York Times states women directing one of the top 250 films fell from 11% in 2000 to 9% in 2012. And its still lowering. 90% of films are directed by men. The Times also states
    movies directed by men include less than 30% female characters, these roles are still disproportionately girlfriends or mothers of the central male actor.
    The United States movie industry has provided fewer gains for women over the last fifty years than any other field. Think what that means.

    It means that women are largely excluded from a field "directing major U.S. films" despite having all the skills men have for such positions. The sole reason for their exclusion is that the money men who fund films want to keep men in charge, women on the sidelines.

    The DGA analyzed more than 3,100 episodes produced in the 2011-2012 network television season and the 2011 cable television season from more than 190 scripted television series. The report showed that Caucasian males directed 73% of all episodes; Caucasian females directed 11% of all episodes; minority males directed 13% of all episodes and minority females directed 4% of all episodes. Among one-hour series, Caucasian males directed 76% of all episodes, and in half-hour series, Caucasian males directed 69% of all episodes.
    Im also confused by your comment . . . "complaining about how hard it is to be a woman" ? ?
    Where was the complaining? ?
    I read FACTS about things that WERE SAID and DONE ? ?
    Such as the 9 year old black woman who was called a cunt by The Onion.
    I think you need to use your computer to go online & do some research into the esoteric body, figure out that EVERY soul has a feminine side AND a masculine side because it seems you are not in touch.
    By the way thats not me complaining its me having an opinion

  • - | February 28, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    It's funny because Naomi Watts and Charlize Theron seemed to disagree that it was misogynistic, seeing as they were part of the act.

  • MAM | February 28, 2013 8:41 PM

    Oh, ok, well if they weren't offended I guess I'm not now. You know, because my reaction to sexism depends completely on how Naomi and Charlize feel about it.

    Perhaps they were paid to do that? Perhaps they were pressured to "go along with it" so as not to seem difficult? Who knows, but don't you think it makes sense to try to understand why so many women were genuinely offended by it, instead of shaming them? You might even learn something...

  • I despise PC Scum | February 27, 2013 11:50 PMReply

    What you're too ignorant to realize is that your worldview is actually misogynistic. You seem to think that women are so weak and spineless that they can't handle a few harmless jokes. But that's not what this is about. You're just another pathetic failure of a writer who wants to get some attention by throwing words like misogynist around. The definition of misogynist is a man who hates women. How privileged and spoiled you must be to think that a few mediocre jokes constitute hate. I'm nauseated by the culture of whiners we've become as a nation. A song about boobs is not a political treatise. A joke can't just be a joke without some attention seeking brat pretending it's a hate crime. But without you tossing ridiculous accusations about, this would just be another list of Oscar winners. And that wouldn't get you the attention you clearly think you deserve.

  • Andrew | February 27, 2013 12:14 PMReply

    Why do we have to live in such a politically correct world? When people are joking in there living rooms with their family's and friends that is the kinda stuff they joke about!

  • Trout | February 27, 2013 8:10 PM

    1. It's "their living rooms" and "families", not "there living rooms" and "family's".
    2. You joke about women's body parts with... your family? Huh. Must be pleasant. I'm guessing you're the creepy uncle all the kids are warned about over holidays.

    There are ways to defend the Oscar jokes. That --right up there-- that wasn't one of the ways.

  • We Saw Peter's Johnson | February 26, 2013 6:45 PMReply

    Ned Beatty, we've seen your junk! Laugh along, or you're difficult and don't have a sense of humor!

    Also, Steven Spielberg won't admit his past as an exotic dancer, and it doesn't matter that we can't understand Ang Lee because he's so attractive.

    It's funny!!! Because comedy is never political or expressing a skewed world view, or reinforcing power dynamics that Those In Power are afraid of losing. Suck it up, minorities! Your white male mastah is making fun of you!!

    All of this year's Oscar male actor nominees (Supporting and Lead) have shown their butts onscreen. All of them. And I made memes ("We Saw Your Butt") here: http://WeSawYourJunk.tmblr.com

  • Peter Johnson-Johnson | February 26, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    The joke underneath the Boobs number was on any guy who would watch "The Accused", and come away from it thinking only, "Hey, I saw Jodie Foster's boobs!"

    Life is hard; it's good to laugh.

  • kara | February 26, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    It's just one more insult in the many insults women in Hollywood have always been dealt.
    After all, Scarlett Johansson, who he mocked over seeing her boobs nonconsesually through the criminal hacking of her phone has supported in 3 Marvel movies to date while waiting for her own superhero movie which never materialised.
    This all while Marvel has lensed or filmed 11 WHITE MALE SUPERHEROES in a row.
    Black widow's next appearance is in Captain america 2, where the Cap will be supported by 2 Black guys and 2 women, NONE of whom have had their own movie.
    THAT'S entertainment!

  • kasey | February 26, 2013 12:40 PMReply

    If you look into seth macfarlane you'd know he is a massive supporter of gay rights and has been outspoken about this on talk shows and in general speeches. Calling him homophobic for simply saying the word gay is stupid (coming from a lesbian). The joke involving don cheadle wasnt racist. The boobs song was clearly a joke and all 3 actresses were a part of it. The joke about having the flu to be skinny, was essentially the same joke tina fey did at the GG.
    Seriously, at EVERY event like this, the actors and the industry get made fun, its just a big roast. I doubt anyone else could have pulled it off like he could have.
    Oh and the Lincoln joke was so funny, and Daniel Day Lewis himself told practically the same joke about a month ago.
    Someone isnt racist or sexist based on one line, at worst you can say some of the jokes didnt hit the mark. Chill out. Do you have any damn idea how many women he employs? the guys fucking amazing. He bought Carl Sagan's cosmos back to life!

  • Caroline Simpson Timmerberg | March 1, 2013 5:22 AM

    Kasey has given us the mother of all responses to Seth Macfarlane's hosting/roasting skills and all-around fantasticity. Who cares if people found him offensive! The jokes (mostly) landed, he's got amazing vocal skills, and he is - in NO universe - a homophobe (He sang with the LA Gay Men's Chorus... hello?) People are such problematic, whiny, profile-neurotic dorks. If you can't stand SM, it just means there's more of him for the rest of who can, to love. You might, then, enjoy 'Helen Hunt's Comedy Jam'.

  • Alan B | February 26, 2013 6:24 PM

    "Just because YOU don't find any of those jokes offensive doesn't mean that someone ELSE didn't find them hurtful." And just because YOU find them hurtful, doesn't mean you understand the jokes. He included Shatner to show how - in an alternative timeline - that he could host the worst awards show ever, with the most offensive song. The song is actually contextualized around Shatner, who seems to represent wisdom to the fanboy MacFarlane, who tells him not to sing the song. If anything, it was a parody of audience's expectations of what a MacFarlane-hosted presentation would be . It's curious how you cannot make an argument whilst including the Shatner spiel, because it instantly negates your contention.

  • Piotr | February 26, 2013 6:18 PM

    It was a gay panic joke. "It's a gay men's choir -- BUT I'M NOT IN IT." No homo.

  • Vikky | February 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    Just because someone is supportive of a group doesn't mean they get to say whatever they want about that group. Just because YOU don't find any of those jokes offensive doesn't mean that someone ELSE didn't find them hurtful.

  • David R. | February 26, 2013 12:18 PMReply

    "We live in a world where women in many countries are judged inferior because of our bodies and it is painful to know that the Academy thought this was appropriate for their ceremony."

    Kerensa, get over yourself.

  • @David | February 26, 2013 3:43 PM

    David,
    If someone told a joke about a person of color, and a person of color didn't find it funny, it wouldn't be cool for a white person to try to explain why the person of color shouldn't have her/his feelings hurt, right??
    Why do men constantly try to do the same thing to women? Most women online and in my life (and yours) did not think quite a few of the bits in the show were funny. Listen to them. You don't get to decide what I like and don't like being said about me. YOU get over yourself.

  • kara | February 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    Great advice, maybe you can give it to the 2 rape victims whose life stories Hillary Swank and Jodie Foster portrayed with such boob showing hilarity.
    ...Oh, wait, they're DEAD.

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  • kara | February 26, 2013 3:28 PM

    sorry, meant to reply to david

  • kara | February 26, 2013 3:27 PM

    Or you could just mind your business if you have nothing constructive to add.

  • Star | February 25, 2013 8:26 PMReply

    Just so you know, Jennifer Lawrence said she LOVED the "boobs" song. Then again, Lawrence actually has a sense of humor.

  • Peter Johnson-Johnson | February 26, 2013 3:56 PM

    Kara, how can you, not being Jennifer Lawrence, possibly know why she liked the number? Charlize Theron and Naomi Watts were in on the joke too; what's their excuse, according to you?

  • kara | February 26, 2013 3:30 PM

    She loved it because it placed her 'above' all the other women in the song as the only one whose boobs Seth McFarlane HADN'T seen.
    It was humour at other people's expense, what's NOT to love?

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