OscarGuy wrote:I don't think it's a double standard to expect more from a woman. Matter of fact, I would consider it a compliment.
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Hahahahaha! *throws up hands in frustration*
OscarGuy has said he is done with this conversation, but if he is still lurking around I just have to point out how ridiculous this is. The definition of sexism is treating someone differently because of their gender. OscarGuy seems to think because he holds women to a higher standard than men that he is not being sexist (and seems to somehow not realize this is the very definition of a double standard).
It is no different than saying all Africans are athletic and all Asians are smart. Just because you hold people to higher standards because of their race does not make you any less racist. The same rules apply to gender.
OscarGuy seems unreachable on this, but the only thing that bothers me is he keeps thinking it has to do with us disagreeing with him on the quality of the movie. It goes back to the BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN vs CRASH debate. If someone thought CRASH was a superior movie than BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, I would heartily disagree. However, I take great umbrage with anyone who says BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is an inferior film simply because it is gay (and would feel the same about anyone who might say it is a superior film because it is gay). Judge the films on their cinematic quality, not the politics behind it.
If OscarGuy felt Bigelow's directing style is too plain to win an Oscar, fine! We may disagree, but at least I get why you like Tarantino and Cameron who have a far more flamboyant directing style (though I would say Reitman's directing is more plain than Bigelow's). However, saying her directing is inferior because it is not feminine enough is just ridiculous.
Like anonymous pointed out, while I am certainly proud of Ang Lee for being the first director of non-European descent to win an Oscar, I certainly do not think that is why he deserved to win. Despite his very plain style of directing, he truly did the best job at directing that year. I am not sure if he met OscarGuy's high standard for Asian directors or if OscarGuy felt Lee copied too much the style of the many European directors who won before him; but I am confident Lee won because of the quality of his work, not the history he would be making.
I wish OscarGuy could look past all the folks that made this about Bigelow's gender. I too was annoyed with Babs reading the winner, with all the Oscar coverage of Bigelow's gender and her status as Cameron's ex-wife, and with Cameron going on about how "important" Bigelow's win would be (a mean, underhanded way to take away from her victory). However, when Bigelow's film wins 6 Oscars (including Best Picture) and its nearest competition only wins three Oscars in non-major categories, I think it is quite disengenuous to insist any sizable number of voters chose to honor her because of her gender.
Again, it surprises me to see OscarGuy pushing this theory against Bigelow. I guess, ironically, I expected more from him.