'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum slams 'shame-based' Oscar nominations for overlooking female performers, directors
After the release of the nominations, Rossum joined the masses that were disappointed in the repeat of lack of diversity after the hashtag '#OscarsSoWhite' controversy five years ago
As the Oscar nominations roll out, many noticed that female directors were not taken into serious consideration for the 'Best Director' category. Emmy Rossum took to Twitter to speak on behalf of the female directors on Monday. After the release of the nominations, she joined the masses that were disappointed in the repeat of lack of diversity among the nominees after the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite controversy five years ago.
Rossum tweeted, "WOMEN made A+ movies this year. That’s all." She followed with another tweet, in support of director Alma Harel (Honey Boy) who did not make it to the nominations at all, "And my best director of the year ALMA HAREL (Honey Boy) is missing from this image. @Almaharel". She posted the second tweet with an image of other female directors that weren't part of the nominations.
She also went forward and pointed out the dismissal of actors for the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress category including Jennifer Lopez's performance in 'Hustlers' and Lupita Nyong'o in 'Us'. "Voters are uncomfortable with women displaying confidence in their sexual selves. This is shame-based and bullshit. It takes guts and smarts and backbone and TALENT to deliver the performance that Lopez did. That is all," tweeted Rossum.
"Lupita deserved to be recognized for 'US'. The movement and THE VOICE TEXTURE ALONE give her the nomination in my mind. She is such a specific actress, no choice is general, nothing is an accident, each moment is crafted and yet still supple and with breath," she continued. "BUT horror (and comedy) are never considered as equal to drama. That has also gotta change."
Rossum's 800k followers joined in and supported the 'Shameless' actress's views, with one tweeting, "Damn it. Honey boy is on my top 10, in love with that film. So sad it's been drowned out." Another followed called the whole thing 'shameful', "and none of them recognized yet again. it's shameful" the user tweeted.