Anyhow, Victoria Brownworth wrote a great article for The Advocatewhere she repeats one of the tropes that I noticed in the raging which was that many of the people upset didn't even watch the Oscars (and I could go on about how much I hate people who brag about not watching the Oscars. Watch or don't but shut the fuck up about it). Anyhow, I liked this bit:
The reality is, MacFarlane got slammed for every misogynist in Hollywood as well as every man – and woman – who has held unrealistic expectations of female stars while male stars have been allowed a vast range of appearance and un-Botoxed expression. Women have to show their breasts to get noticed regardless of the circumstance of their roles while male frontal nudity is almost wholly banned from the movies. Breasts only get a PG-13 rating while penises get the box office death of an NC 17.Now here's hoping for a Sarah Silverman/Gilbert Gottfried hosting for next year.
I live-tweeted the Oscars and repeatedly stated “Best Oscars Ever!” in those tweets. I still think this was among the best Oscars’ presentations and a major reason was the imprint of women on the ceremony.
I liked seeing over-sized women like Melissa McCarthy, Adele, Octavia Spencer and Queen Latifah among the participants. I liked seeing the elderly Emmanuelle Riva and Shirley Bassey as well as Oscars’ many vibrant older women, like Meryl Streep, Sally Field and Barbra Streisand.
I loved seeing Brave win for Best Animated Feature, because it’s a story about a girl who succeeds on the basis of her own merit – and bravery – and has nothing to do with a prince swooping in to save her. I loved seeing Inocente win for Best Documentary Short: the subject is a 15-year-old homeless girl artist in California. I loved seeing Daniel Day-Lewis laud Meryl Streep for her superb acting skills and Jennifer Lawrence thank all the women who are such magnificent actors — and her mentors — after she won for playing a real woman with real problems.