When the Academy Award nominations are announced Jan. 15, one thing is sure: There will be five best actor nominees, five best actress nominees and another five men and five women anointed in each of the supporting categories, all neatly listed in their respective columns. The suggestion will be that when it comes to the year’s best movies, gender equality reigns. And, like lots of things in Hollywood, that will be an illusion.
For as awards season gets underway, the handicappers already are lamenting the fact that there are far too many deserving men trying to squeeze into the best actor category. Awards blogger Pete Hammond of Deadline.com even seriously floated the idea that the Academy should quickly introduce a rule change to allow for a whopping 10 best actor nominees.
We cannot find enough of us to reward publicly. Again. Some more.