Q : “Have you seen any changes in the industry in the issues of race, the issue of being a woman, and now being a woman over fifty?”
Alfre Woodard : “You know when we’ll know that things have changed? You know that brilliant, stunningly beautiful, and poised Lupita Nyong’o? 12 Years a Slave is an incredible launch of a career and this is her first thing. We will see if, [as opposed to] another brilliant young woman we saw, Jennifer Lawrence. We’ll see the trajectory of her path and what she’s offered after that. Then we’ll know whether things have changed or if Lupita is consigned to playing second banana, ensemble person for the next ten years.”
Mark her words, people, mark her words !
And eh, Hollywood ! Yes, you, and you, and you ! Don’t you forget : we’ll be watching.
Lupita Nyong’o’s story is one of an elegance carefully cultivated. This is no sudden ascendancy to delicate silks and bold brocades, no tale of a girl plucked from obscurity or hardship, conferred the brass ring of Tinseltown by princely powers-that-be. It is, instead, a story of privilege—a privilege enjoyed by…
A very good article about the rise and triumph of Lupita Nyong’o in the context of white Hollywood and black/WOC actress systematic discrimination. I would argue about some points here and there, especially about the idea that Lupita, being a privileged black Kenyan, may be unself-conscious about (and kind of “free” from) the race dynamics in America. For race dynamics (and racism) can be experienced world wide, even in Africa. Lupita’s speech about being alienated due to colorism while growing up in Kenya is just one example of the many way race and racism impacted even on the most privileged of us. But overall this is a very insightful article which deals with the same arguments I made in my last Oscars post on Sunday.
Ok, Hollywood, now show me that you’ve actually learnt something. Show me that this isn’t just a moment, a happy thrilling inspiring moment, but just a moment nonetheless, a parenthesis in time. Give this incredibly gracious and talented actress the opportunities she deserves. The opportunities that this award entitles. The opportunities that any other young white actress would be given after such a performance and such a campaign. You can do it. Yes you can. Make history. Not twitter history. No matter how awesome this selfie was. History for real. History that would change the face of the most powerful and influential cultural landscape in the world. Let the Lupita effect changes you, changes us, for real. Only then, the applause and pats you are ginving yourself right now (and that you will keep on giving yourself in the next days and weeks) for giving this award to Lupita will truly be earned.
Hollywood, we’re here to stay. The next move is yours.
We’ll be watching.
12 years of slave best picture ! YES ! Steve, Chiwetel, Lupita, Brad !
Acting wise, I was hopelessly rooting for Chiwetel. He is the one who truly deserved it. No Leo Di Caprio. Cause it wasn’t Leo’s best work, he still has to prove himself IMHO, and he will have thousands of opportunities to do so. Which won’t be the case for Chiwetel…But campaigning wise, Matthew certainly did the best one so…Yeah. Good for him (that speech was just so cringe worthy to me though…ugh !).
Good for Cate…
The icky Woody Allen factor is bothering me, but I can’t help but be happy for Cate and say TAKE THAT GWYNETH !
I really like Jennifer Lawrence. She is such a talented actress. And I would have hated the Academy even more for making me hate on her had she won the Oscar instead of Lupita. Cause no matter how talented she is and how great she looks and sounds as a person, it would have been yet another example of white privilege and racism which she would have benefited from.
So that’s another positive effect of The Lupita effect : I can keep on loving one of my favourite actress and enjoying this beautiful photo of two very talented Oscar winners !
Lupita Nyong’o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for ‘12 Years a Slave’ onstage during the Oscars
Her joy is just pure happiness through the world.