Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse


Well, this is a point I’ve been making for many, many years. Movies that rely heavily upon CG are animated movies, for all intents and purposes. My friend who works at Disney was the first to talk to me about this, back when I ran an Oscar pool. From her POV, something like Speed Racer is just as much an animated movie as The Incredibles. Same goes with Jurassic Park movies (which may use a combo of practical and CG effects) or the Star Wars prequels. Those are animated movies.

So why we separate them, and the rules that allow them to be separated, seem weird. But that’s true of the Foreign Language category as well. Increasingly it becomes silly to make these distinctions.

We can run this all the way down to separating the male and the female acting categories. Why do we do that? To maintain more categories I suppose. But how does it matter now? And as we continue to move what our understanding of gender actually is, does it make any sense?

Sorry to take us off on a tangent.



Because without it for many decades no women would ever have won an award, and even today the balance would be way out of whack. And needless to say this would not be due to lack of female acting talent.


This is a very good point. And I understand it. But it still seems arbitrary. It’s not like separating female and male weightlifters or sprinters at the Olympics. Where inherent differences matter for the competition.

For this, there is not a difference for the competition anymore. So I simply don’t think it’s defensible from that standpoint, anymore. Especially after the movement to call “actresses” “actors” in most references. My favorite actor, as I’ve said many times, Is Meryl Streep. I make no distinction in evaluating this.

Part of this is personal. I noted as I went through university that the women had far fewer roles available for them, and to me they seemed far more skilled than us men at acting. They had more competition, so maybe that was part of it. I always thought it was very nice that it benefited me as a young actor, but I didn’t think it was fair.

So while I see your point, I think we’re getting past it for competition purposes. I think it’s just for category increasing. Since we’ve lost a host…though…I think the Oscars are pretty much on their way out.

And I used to love them.

All this is to say I’d rather have seen this movie nominated for Best Picture, than Animated. We’ve got ten slots. So why not?



I’m quite confident that if you only had a best actor category that the majority of selections from the academy would continue to be male. There would certainly be an outcry, but parity wouldn’t be achieved, any more than there would be representative proportions of winners from the various minority groups without regard to gender.


I agree with you, I’m not sure she does. But maybe I got her tone wrong. It sounded like someone overwhelmed—in a good way—by seeing cultural representation and themes in a movie that they never expected to see on screen. Something worth excitement, no doubt.

But she also seemed to have a low view of animation, and her implication didn’t seem to be “and now I realize animated films can be great too!”, more like “and what’s wrong with Hollywood that something as simple as a ‘car-DAMN-toon’ can pull this off but other movies don’t?”


So obviously the oscars should introduce new categories like “best black actor” - seems like the same argument…?


Meh. You might be right about this. I just don’t see the justification for it going forward, any more than I see establishing a Best Actor/Actress category for every ethnicity. I mean why not just expand the category and see where the chips fall? Like 10 nominees for Best Actor, without regard to gender?

I am fairly confident you’re right about the bias. But it doesn’t make much sense to me from a competitive point of view. For reasons I’ve already stated.


[EDIT: @Cormac made my point more succinctly.]


Given that the integrity of the process is always gonna be suspect, and it’s rating something purely subjective as it is, and given that it’s mostly just a big PR stunt for Hollywood and an excuse for dress makers to really go nuts once a year…making a few concessions to representation over “pure” competition is a net good, anyway. It’s certainly not the main reason why the results aren’t objective, at least :-)


Live action “Lion King” remake.

Bwahahah (I don’t know if Disney ever used the phrase or not though).