November 03, 2017
Oscars: Feminist Anthems Could Dominate Awards Season After Weinstein Fallout

As scandal engulfs Hollywood following sexual harassment allegations against the movie mogul, female-driven films such as 'Battle of the Sexes' and 'The Post' could be the beneficiaries.
Wherever Harvey Weinstein finds himself on March 4, he won't be at the 90th Academy Awards. But that doesn't mean that this year's awards season will, for the first time in years, be Weinstein-free. The fallout from the scandal and the other cases that have emerged in its wake won't end anytime soon, as the film industry is forced to confront both widespread sexual harassment and the surrounding issue of gender discrimination.
While dozens of movies are waiting to vie for attention, the usual early awards-season buzz has been drowned out by the voices of women (and some men)rising up to protest a status quo that protected Weinstein and others like him. In late October, for example, as George Clooney and Matt Damon made the rounds to promote Suburbicon, the first question they were asked was what exactly they knew about Weinstein's predatory ways.
"I don't know what it means," admits one awards strategist of the full impact the scandal could have. "How does it affect the awards? I don't know how Jimmy Kimmel jokes about any of this." Observes awards consultant Cynthia Swartz, "For the press, covering the Oscar race is usually a fun pastime. But this year, the attention is elsewhere. Maybe it will put the whole thing in perspective."
Ironically, before the scandal broke, Weinstein's influence at the Oscars, where he'd once been a dominant player, was already on the wane. Now, the toxic Weinstein Co. name is being stripped from Taylor Sheridan's contender Wind River, which is built around an investigation into sexual abuse and murder. And the Benedict Cumberbatch-Michael Shannon starrer The Current War, the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed period drama about the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, which had been slated for Nov. 24 release, has been pulled from 2017, with Cumberbatch calling Weinstein's actions "utterly disgusting." Neither Wind River nor Current War had been perceived as awards frontrunners — which means the Weinstein fallout could damage other companies' pictures more than his own. Already, the burgeoning harassment scandals have caught some titles in their whirlpool.
On Oct. 15, Amazon Studios canceled the red carpet at the New York Film Festival's premiere of Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel after Roy Price, who resigned as Amazon Studios head on Oct. 17, was accused of harassment. Allen himself got plenty of blowback when he appeared to express sympathy for Weinstein, which he quickly walked back. And in light of the allegation that Kevin Spacey once forced himself upon a 14-year-old actor, Ridley Scott's new drama, All the Money in the World, in which Spacey plays John Paul Getty, faces huge marketing hurdles as its Dec. 22 release approaches — at the very least, Spacey likely will drop out of the promo tour, leaving co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams facing awkward questions.

Other pictures, though, could benefit, as the Academy — in response to the rising voices of women both within and outside its ranks challenging long-standing male biases — looks at such films as Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in which Frances McDormand plays an aggrieved mother forcing local authorities to solve the murder of her daughter, as well as Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Battle of the Sexes, with Emma Stone playing feminist icon Billie Jean King.
On the directing front, Angelina Jolie (First They Killed My Father), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) should have a new spotlight shone on them and their pictures. "Can you believe only four women have been nominated for best director?" says one Academy member. "This year I'd like to see two."
But the movie that could just benefit the most from the present moment is one that has yet to be completed: Steven Spielberg's The Post, with Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in an account of how she emerged from behind the shadow of her dead husband to exert her own authority. Spielberg's team already is preparing a marketing push that will highlight not only the feminist subject but also the film's heavy female presence behind the scenes, including co-screenwriter Liz Hannah and producers Kristie Macosko Krieger and Amy Pascal.
It's not that the Academy will meet in some secret conclave to decide on payback for Weinstein and his sins. It's that old assumptions, which auto­matically favored the guys, finally may be falling by the wayside.
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Travis Barker covers ex Shanna Moakler’s name with new tattoos | Page Six Celebrity News
October 25, 2021
HouPoNCNDEE
Tyler Cameron responds to fans who want him to date Kim Kardashian | Page Six Celebrity News
October 25, 2021
NyxVsR4bDMQ
Paulina Porizkova settles with Ric Ocasek estate: ‘I am gonna be fine’ | Page Six Celebrity News
October 25, 2021
IEuDeZwCYkg
Alec Baldwin 'Rust' Actor Says Camera Was Protected During Shooting, Not Actors | TMZ
October 26, 2021
bASh7PtfiPU
Laundrie Atty. Says Parents Don't Know Why He Ran or What's in His Journal | TMZ
October 26, 2021
Uvc7D9Oelxo
Rep. Nancy Mace Says Dr. Fauci, NIH Must Answer for Deadly Beagle Study | TMZ
October 26, 2021
6ZC9dc2nV7U
Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji Dish on Season 5 of ‘Insecure’
October 22, 2021
KA7ZEjY3rvk
Kristen Stewart Opens Up on 'Eternals' LGBTQ Inclusion, Ruby Rose Battles with WarnerBros | The Take
October 21, 2021
7d3MFpaP2L8
AT&T Stock Falls Following Q3 Earnings Results
October 21, 2021
LZNkmpoVefA
Marriage Addiction, Big Ed Returns & Mailman Affair
October 26, 2021
-ToLxI1zOmw
Meg's Delivery, Ciara's Dinner & "DWTS" Horror Night
October 26, 2021
0W5ayUWdjho
Drew Barrymore & Ex Tom Green Reunite for 1st Time in 20 Years | E! News
October 26, 2021
U7lM-EPB9UA
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.