by Catherine Smith
On Tuesday, actress and singer Bette Midler angrily responded to the lack of women nominated for the Academy Awards Best Director, by suggesting the creation of an alternative awards show – “we just get our own show called the Osc-hers” in order to redress the absence of female nominees in this year’s directing category, Breitbart reports.
Midler also took a shot at the show’s producers, suggesting that past Oscars came up short in terms of entertainment value. The actress-singer tweeted her disappointment in a tweet Tuesday, noting that the directing category is comprised entirely of men.
“No women received noms for Best Director Oscar even though many exceptional films were directed by women this year,” she wrote. “Maybe we just get our own show called the Osc-hers? I guarantee it will be way better organized and way more entertaining!”
No women received noms for Best Director Oscar even though many exceptional films were directed by women this year. Maybe we just get our own show called the Osc-hers? I guarantee it will be way better organized and way more entertaining!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 14, 2020
Midler failed to mention that this year’s Oscars telecast will be produced by two women — Lynette Howell Taylor, who produced last year’s A Star Is Born, and Stephanie Allain, who serves as an executive producer on the Netflix series Dear White People.
Last year’s Oscars was also produced by a woman — Donna Gigliotti, a film producer behind such movies as Shakespeare in Love and Hidden Figures.
The Oscars are once again going to go without a host.
This years directing category has drawn widespread condemnation from the mainstream media due to the lack of female nominees. The five all-male best director nominees include Martin Scorsese for “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite,” Sam Mendes for “1917” and Todd Phillips for “Joker.”
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 13, 2020
Bette Midler, who appears to spend more time tweeting than acting these days, has used her Twitter account to launch a regular series of volleys against conservatives.
She got in trouble in October when she tweeted approval of the neighbor who assaulted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in 2017 — a beating that resulted in lung tissue damage and multiple broken ribs. She also tweeted her fantasy to see the Trump family hanged in 2018.
Midler deleted both tweets.
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Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.
Photo “Oscars Award” by Walt Disney Television. CC BY-ND 2.0.