Jessica Chastain, Annette Bening, Margot Robbie, Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan, and Kate Winslet are all great actresses in their own right. But they also share something else in common.
They are all white.
No surprise then that after the Los Angeles Times published a cover photo featuring the actresses with the headline “A shift in focus” that there was a negative reaction to its “whiteness”. Honestly @jes_chastain as an outspoken voice for equality how do you pose for a photo like this and not feel absolutely mortified by the blatant exclusion? How is it possible to not understand the msg this photo sends? pic.twitter老域名购买/nb8caRfVL6??? Rebecca Carroll (@rebel19) December 22, 2017Its a sad look that there’s no WOC in this pic of us promoting our female lead films. The industry needs to become more inclusive in its storytelling. What were your favorite WOC lead films this year? I LOVED @salmahayek in #BeatriceAtDinnerhttps://t苏州夜场招聘/tzoijwy88q??? Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 24, 2017 Photo: Evan Agostini
The actual Times feature sprang from a round table hosted by the paper and attended by the actresses.
Chastain told the paper that her experience being a juror at Cannes made it clear “how little stories talked from a woman’s point of view, from a female protagonist, a story about a woman who wasn’t victimised”.
After the 2016 Oscar nominations spurred the hashtag #oscarssowhite over the lack of diversity in the line-up, this year saw some improvement with major winners featuring non-white actors including best picture Moonlight, as well as individual winners Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali. Its TERRIBLE that I can’t think of at least 5 female lead films with woc this year.??? Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 24, 2017 Photo: MICHAEL GIBSON
The nominations for best actress in a leading role are Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird).
The nominations for best male lead are a bit more promising, including Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out).