The Academy’s annual class photo. Full size after the cut.
Sometimes it’s hard to separate your heart from your head during Oscar season. Despite trying to keep your bias from creeping in, it inevitably does for various reasons. Loving a winner often means you line up with the consensus, the consensus that you often rail against. The consensus that you’ve deemed too white, too old and too out of touch. When they agree with you, suddenly they’re a reputable group. When you agree with them, you fall back in love, ever so briefly, until they disappoint you again. There is no point in fighting the tide — though I’ve tried and tried over the years. One would think that we would wear our unique tastes like a badge of honor, taking pride in our individuality whenever we disagree with a large consensus. For some reason, we don’t. We humans like to think we are not only on the winning side, but that the winning side is with us. If we pick our favorite and it becomes a winner, that’s one thing. If we can feel that they pick a winner that we’ve helped them chose, though? Whole different thing. “You get the sundae, Vinnie. You get the sundae.”
We had two winners who had a perfect score of 3. Abby Brown and Marcus Perriello. Congratulations!
A very long list of people who accurately predicted Alejandro G. Inarritu to win the DGA:
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” – Carl Sagan
It will come as a major bummer to many on this site that George Miller did not win the DGA Award last night for Mad Max: Fury Road. It will come as an even bigger bummer that the person who won, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, won just last year, and has now made DGA history by being the first director to win the award in consecutive years. Miller seemed poised to be rewarded for his exceptional futuristic epic where he handed over the fate of humanity to a woman. How could we have all been so stupid? The awards race doesn’t work like that. It rewards the singular male hero. There is an affinity among older male voters with the eternally Lost Man. “He’s good. It’s the world and people around him that aren’t. He is lost, though alas, he is always heroic.” The Lost Man can’t be, for instance, a female astronaut who survives being stranded in space simply by being tenacious and lucky. He can’t be a tech nerd who invents a social network to give him a social life but ends up more lonely than ever, a hero and a victim at the same time. The Lost Man must be someone who pushes aggressively against the forces that oppress him. Thankfully, at least one of these times, it was an enslaved person at the hands of the oppressive racist South.
ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU WINS DGA AWARD
Winner – DGA Documentary Award – Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land
Winner – DGA Award for TV Movie/Miniseries – Dee Rees, Bessie
Winner – DGA Comedy Series Award – Chris Addison, Veep
Winner – First Time Director – Alex Garland for Ex Machina
Winner – Commercial – Andreas Nilsson, “Time Upon a Once” GE; “Dad Song” Old Spice
Winner – Reality TV – Adam Vetri, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge