Politics in the pictures

Jennifer Timmons

“We don’t make films like call me by my name for money, we make them to upset Mike Pence.”

As Hollywood is fuming with political angst, Jimmy Kimmel begins the 2018 Academy Awards reminiscing over the several movements that have formed this past year.

The ‘Time’s Up’ movement began when numerous male icons were being ousted for their sexual harassment of females in the workplace, beginning with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein has now had more than 80 women come forward accusing him of sexual harassment and assault.

“The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of our voices. Joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying time’s up,” said actress Ashley Judd alongside fellow Weinstein victims, Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra.

‘Time’s Up’ and ‘Me Too’ were mentioned frequently throughout the night starring as the theme for this year’s award show.

Frances McDormand calls for every female nominee of the night to stand with her as she receives the Oscar for her leading role in “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” (Source oscars.com)

Sexual harassment wasn’t the only issue brought up related to women’s rights this year. Kimmel mentioned the drastic pay discrepancies between male and female costars.

Actor Kevin Spacey, accused of sexual assault, was replaced in “All the Money in the World” with Christopher Plummer. 10 days’ worth of scenes needed to be re-taped. During the reshoot, actress Michelle Williams was paid $80 a day for her work while co-star Mark Wahlberg made over $1.5 million dollars.

Wahlberg has since donated his money to the legal fees surrounding the ‘Time’s up’ cases. Meanwhile actress Emma Stone congratulated “These four men and Greta Gerwig” for their achievements in the male dominated category, best director. A quick jab at the lack of females to receive recognition for their achievements.

The 90th anniversary could easily be presented as the most diverse Oscars in the history of the Academy Awards.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolf were hilarious as they joked whether the Oscars were “too black now”. Pointing out how far the academy awards have come since the 2015 and 2016 ceremonies where no people of color were nominated in any of the acting categories.

The people of Mexico received a beautiful shout out as “Coco” took the Oscar for best animated film for its rich and bright culture.

Probably one of the most urgent political issues presented of the night was by Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani, who spoke on behalf of immigration.

“Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers. We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America,” said Nyong’o.

Currently lawmakers are working on a solution to keep thousands of people from being deported on March 5 due to President Trump’s ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program.

The Oscars were full of fashion, drama, politics, and laugher. As celebrities address and fight what is wrong with this country, more change will come to it.

Featured photo: Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek stand together to present a video on equality. (Source oscars.com)

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