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The Golden Globes Reckon Women Didn't Direct Any Films This Year

Who's Greta Gerwig again?

Every time a movie award nominations list rolls around, people have opinions of who was snubbed and who deserved a place on the nominations list. Sometimes they’re personal views, and sometimes they’re calling out the gaping holes in a nominations list. Exhibit A: The Golden Globes nominations for best director doesn’t have a single woman on it.

The best director nominations list looks like this.

Martin Scorsese for The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Bong Joon-Ho for Parasite
Sam Mendes for 1917
Todd Phillips for Joker

Greta Gerwig seems to be the most glaringly obvious omission. She directed Little Women, which has managed a very impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%.

Lulu Wang’s The Farewell was also incredibly well received, and for her role in it Awkwafina got a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) were also overlooked.

Of course those aren’t the only women who directed brilliant films this year, but they seem to be the names coming up most often. If those women didn’t make it on to a list that reckons Joker deserves a Golden Globe for best director, then we have a problem.

You’ll be absolutely shocked to know that the dude in charge of all the other dudes that choose who gets a nomination sees no problem with anything. Lorenzo Soria is the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and has said that “What happened is that we don’t vote by gender, we vote by film and accomplishment.”

The last time a woman was nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes was 2015, when Ava DuVernay was nominated for her film Selma. She didn’t win. Other than DuVernay, only four other women have ever been nominated in the category.

So remember ladies, when making global hit movies, I guess we just need to be more accomplished!

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A Legit Health Warning Has Been Issued For Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Heads up.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is due out in just over a week, and we all know it’s going to be an incredibly popular movie. In an unusual, but definitely not unwelcome move, Disney has put a health warning on the film before people head to the cinemas.

I promise it gets better

Partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation, Disney has sent a letter to distributors of the movie asking that they let people know the movie is going to contain flashing lights.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that you provide at your venue box office and online, and at other appropriate places where your customers will see it, a notice containing the following information: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or have other photosensitivities.”

The Epilepsy Foundation has thanked Disney for “proactively providing information to movie theaters and moviegoers in advance of the movie’s release.”

There are a LOT of lights in Star Wars

It’s not often that we see major powerful corporations learn from their mistakes, but this seems to be an example of it. When The Incredibles 2 was released in June last year, people voiced their concerns about the fact that there were scenes with flashing lights which could trigger a seizure – and in some cases, had triggered one. 

The Epilepsy Foundation released a warning about the film and a request that Disney let moviegoers know before they went to see the film.

Content warnings like this are slowly becoming more and more common, not just in the movie world but in a lot of online spaces. What might not seem like a big deal for a lot of people without Epilepsy could mean the difference between having an unexpected seizure and being able to continue going about your day because you were prepared for somebody else. 

Cheers Disney!

So if flashing lights aren’t your thing, just be aware before going to see Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. And cheers to Disney for the heads up.

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Someone Tell Amazon That Auschwitz And Christmas Baubles Are Not A Match

Because it turns out they need to be told.

Exactly a week ago today, Spanish fashion house Loewe got their asses handed to them for releasing an outfit that looked basically identical to the uniforms that were given to prisoners in concentration camps. I’m afraid it’s time to reset the “days since someone last tried to make money off the Holocaust” counter back to zero, because Amazon has just had to pull some Auschwitz themed Christmas decorations.

Come on…

If you did a double take like I did when I first read the words “Auschwitz themed Christmas decorations”, then I’m sorry to tell you that you didn’t read it wrong. The official Auschwitz Museum Twitter page were the ones that had to point it out, and tweeted that Christmas ornaments and bottle openers decorated with pictures of Auschwitz were, to put it mildly, disrespectful.

To put it less mildly, they’re super f*cked up.

They asked Amazon to remove the decorations, and Amazon did actually do that a couple of hours later. Screenshots are forever though.

There is a chance that the decorations weren’t deliberately made, but was the unfortunate result of an algorithm that was set up to grab pictures and put them on generic ornaments. Algorithms like those do exist, and once somebody orders one the product is made rather than selling products that already exist. Nobody is quite sure if that’s the case yet, but I’m personally hoping it is – just to keep some of the faith I have left in humanity.

Fingers crossed it wasn’t deliberate…

Ultimately the result was the same no matter how these ads were made. Concentration camps were one of the darkest points in human history, and do not belong on cheery Christmas decorations. They never should have been advertised in the first place. 

I’m hoping more than anything that we don’t see another one of these stories next week.

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