herald

Friday 15 December 2017

A good Oscars for women ... but it's still too much about what they wear

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore

It was dubbed the most feminist Oscars yet, but it wasn't a wholesale slam dunk for women.

Of course there were glorious moments last Sunday night. Patricia Arquette's speech on equal pay and Meryl Streep's fist-pumping knocked it out of the park. But I was disappointed to hear that backstage Arquette said: "It's time for all the women in America and all the men who love women and all the gay people and all the people of colour that we've fought for to fight for us now."

Sounds to me like she thinks gay people and black people now have equality. Clearly they don't. All women, black, white, gay or straight, need the gender pay gap closed. Not just the white ones.

There was nothing that was outright sexist - remember Sofia Vergara on the rotating pedestal last year?

preening

The fact that feminists like Julianne Moore and Arquette bagged gongs is a joy. But there wasn't exactly a surfeit of women in the main categories.

There was the #askhermore campaign, which encouraged reporters to ask the female A-Listers more than just what they were wearing. Lena Dunham tweeted "ask about the causes they support rather than their supporting garments", which was refreshing. But I guess women need to recognise that they too collude with this red carpet preening and posing.

Some women wore dresses that were more body stocking. I think it's fair enough to deduce that in those cases it really was all about what they were wearing.

For its part, E! got rid of the mani cam - the teeny camera that focuses on your nails and jewels. It was so utterly absurd we'll kind of miss it (there - I've said it).

Oscars 2015, the most feminist yet? For sure. But there's still room for improvement from the Academy. And some of the women themselves.

Promoted articles

Entertainment News