Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Culture: Affirmative Action for Directors?

The Oscar nominations are out. The only thing I find interesting about that is Sofia Coppola's nomination for best director for "Lost in Translation." I haven't seen the film, but what's noteworthy is that Coppola is only the third woman ever to be nominated for best director. That's interesting given the Hollywood establishment's strident, often militant leftism. They never tire of lecturing the rest of America on its alleged homophobia, sexism, racism, etc., yet the establishment itself remains dominated by white males. This is similar to how colleges promote affirmative action as a necessity, yet there are only four black head coaches among the 117 Division I-A football schools. It's a curious double standard with no obvious explanation.

Then again, maybe Ms. Coppola was a "legacy nomination," given her father is the Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola.

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