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20 things that outnumber women nominated for an Academy Award - Best Director

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January 23, 2020 10:27

Only five women had ever been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director: Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties” in 1976), Jane Campion (“The Piano” in 1994), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation” in 2003) Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker” in 2010) and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird” in 2018) with Bigelow being the only female director to win. 

TITLE mentions 20 things that are actually more likely to win an academy award than female directors:

  • Emmy nominations for Harvey Weinstein for “Project Runway” with Heidi Klum
  • Academy Award nominations for Woody Allen as Best Director
  • Academy Award nominations for Martin Scorsese for making (excellent) movies about white men earning a living with violent crimes and treating women badly
  • Movies about boxing nominated for an Academy Award as best motion picture
  • Academy Award nominations for movies about divorce
  • Academy Award nominations for movies about the Vietnam War
  • Academy Award nominations for portrayals of Presidents of the United States
  • Academy Awards won by Rick Baker for best makeup
  • Cinderella movies titled “Cinderella”
  • John Hurt dying on-screen through exorcism, stomach-dwelling alien or by hanging
  • White Men who’ve played James Bond
  • White Men who’ve played Robin Hood
  • White Men who’ve played Sherlock Holmes
  • Men who have won an Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award
  • Dwarves in “Snow White and the seven dwarfs”
  • Guys called “Dan Levy” working in the movie business
  • Glenn Close gets killed on-screen
  • Sex scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Bottles of beer in a sixpack
  • Basically everything else with more than 5 entries, items, episodes or whatever: 

“Little Women”, the new movie by Greta Gerwig is nominated for 6 Academy Awards – including best Motion Picture, best actress in a leading role and best actress in a supporting role as well as best adapted screenplay. But nevertheless Gerwig as a director hasn’t been nominated… 

Not so funny fun fact: Cynthia Erivo, the only woman of color nominated for best actress at the Academy Awards, is playing Harriet Tubman, a woman who freed more than 300 slaves. Oh the irony. 

Most satisfying thing you could do against this huge pile of shit and to support female directors? Watch some amazing movies by female directors made in 2019 like “The Farewell” or “Booksmart” currently playing in a movie theater near you that have been completely snubbed at the Academy Awards.


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The employees in the boutiques, in the design studio and in the backstage area at fashion shows wear white lab coats, as was common in the ateliers of the great couturiers, e.g. Christian Dior, and is still common today. The fashion shows for the high-priced fashion sometimes took place in the context of the Paris Prêt-à-porter shows in unconventional locations, up to shabby surroundings (construction site, metro station, dining room of the Salvation Army etc.). The boutiques are kept in plain white and gray. Margiela originally selected unspectacular locations such as a residential area in Tokyo and did not publish the addresses of the boutiques in order to require the customer to make an effort to find the store at all. The first Margiela store opened in Tokyo in 2000 and the first European boutique was inaugurated in Brussels in 2002. In 2008, a boutique opened in a basement on the edge of Munich's Maximilianstrasse. This was followed by participation in numerous exhibitions, including "Radical Fashion", which was shown in 2001 at the V&A Museum in London. In 2010 there were 36 own stores worldwide.  In 2015 there were over 50 stores worldwide, including boutiques, that only carry the MM6 collection.

The company followed a very restrictive communication policy. The designer can neither be photographed nor interviewed. Only his creations should speak for themselves and the designs should be perceived as the overall performance of the team. That's why the team always shows up in white doctor's coats after the fashion shows - nobody should stand out.

By recycling old fashion, separating, recoloring, reversing seams and zippers, both the origin and the artificial of the art of tailoring are shown. Margiela puts together what doesn't belong together: by hand, jeans turn into skirts, old army socks become pullovers. Baptized by the press as deconstructivism, this current is defined by an abrupt collision of different materials, which at first glance appear inharmonic in the sense of conventional viewing habits. Margiela herself rejects the term "deconstructivism". He resurrected clothes in a new form, he told ELLE in 1991.

Margiela was the unofficial 7th member of "Antwerp 6", a generation of fashion designers who all completed their training at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1980-1981 and shaped the "style of the Belgians". However, it does not belong to the actual group, but it became known in a similar period.

The Japanese "Street Magazine" dedicated two special editions to "Maison Martin Margiela", which were published in book form in 1999. Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga) is a big fan of Maison Martin Margiela.

In July 2014, fashion critic Suzy Menkes exposed Matthieu Blazy via Instagram as Head of Design, after which he deleted his Instagram account and changed his profile in a career network. He left the company on October 1, 2014.

To this day, Margiela pieces, especially in the fashion industry and all fashion lovers, belong to the sanctuaries in every repertoire and archive. Getting vintage pieces from other designers may be possible, but Maison Martin Marginal Archives are a real hunt and that says it all about this art.

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