How #MeToo influenced the Oscar nominations
How a social justice movement shaped the Oscars
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The controversy surrounding Hollywood’s sexual abuse scandals has made its mark at this year’s Oscars. The impact from the #MeToo movement is best exemplified in the male acting categories.
James Franco was not nominated for Best Actor after appearing in ‘The Disaster Artist’. It’s an interesting snub considering Franco recently won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. After showing solidarity with the #MeToo movement, Franco was hit with sexual misconduct allegations. Four students from his acting school alleged that they were victims of “an abuse of power”, BBC News reports. Film critic Tim Robey noted that the allegations “almost certainly” blocked Franco’s chances, in a quote obtained by BBC News.
Another notable sign of #MeToo influencing the Oscars is with the Best Supporting Actor award. The Academy decided to nominate Christopher Plummer for the award. It is significant because Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey during production for ‘All the Money in the World’. Spacey was also hit with sexual abuse allegations, including one from actor Anthony Rapp. It was the third Oscar nomination for Christopher Plummer.
Meanwhile, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke has spoken out about dress code for the night. Burke told the BBC that wearing all-black in solidarity “doesn't matter to me” as “it’s not a gimmick”.
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