On March 27th, the world looks to Los Angeles, where the Oscars will be presented at night in the legendary Dolby Theatre. Amy Schumer (40), Regina Hall (51) and Wanda Sykes (58) will lead through the evening. Due to the corona pandemic, the award ceremony had previously taken place without a moderator for three years. It’s also the first time since 1987 that there will be three hosts – and the first time ever that three women will lead the Oscars.
At the start of the show, the hostesses will traditionally hold an opening speech, in which politics and show business are usually dished out. It is very likely that this year there will also be a war in Ukraine will come up.
So far mostly men in the history of the Oscars
Not only among the hosts, but also among the winners in the history of the Oscars, there have been predominantly male representatives so far. Statistics show this gender injustice at the Academy Awards. The Guardian has analyzed the 10,000 nominations since it was first awarded in 1929. According to this, only seven of the 449 nominations in the category “Best Director” were women. With Jane Campion (67), a director can once again hope for the golden boy this year. After Kathryn Bigelow (70), she would only be the second woman to win the category.
In 2020, Greta Gerwig’s film “Little Women” was nominated in six categories, but not in the category “Best Director”. With the hashtag “OscarsSoMale”, numerous women drew attention to the gender gap at the award ceremony on the Internet.
The scandal surrounding producer Harvey Weinstein (70) triggered the “MeToo” movement in 2017. Numerous women accused the former film mogul of sexually harassing, abusing or raping them. The Weinstein case also motivated women in the film business to make their voices heard.
More women in the “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science”
The “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science”, which awards the Oscars, has always been largely composed of men. For a long time, only those who had previously been nominated by two members could become members – and mostly these were men. But here, too, there are signs of change: For around five years, the Academy has been regularly inviting new members, 50 percent of whom are now women. As a result, the proportion of women among the approximately 9,000 members has risen to 32 percent, compared to 25 percent in 2015.
The Oscars are changing
So it looks like the Oscars are increasingly moving away from the image of an “old white men” event. It is quite possible that the ratings will increase again this year due to so much women power. In any case, the Oscars have lost masses of television viewers in recent years, in the USA only around ten million viewers watched the award in 2021, while in 2020 there were still more than 23 million. After the Superbowl, the Oscars are typically the highest-rated show of the year in the States.