Fandango’s Provocative Question #214

Fandango has asked a question this week that really highlights how complicated life has become. You could make good arguements for either side of this debate.

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Do you think that the metrics the Academy Awards will start applying in 2024 regarding composition of at least 30% of the cast and crew by under-represented groups in order for a film to even qualify for a Best Picture Oscar nomination is appropriate? Or, do you share Richard Dreyfuss’ opinion that because filmmaking is an art form, imposing such criteria in order for a film to even be considered for an Oscar is inappropriate?

I don’t really watch new movies and I don’t really take any notice of the Academy Awards but I thought that they were supposed to be about choosing the best picture. Shouldn’t that be about whether the script is good, whether the acting and directing is good?

It would be an interesting exercise to look at Oscar winning films of the past. If you applied that criteria to them would they have qualified? Would Casablanca have qualified, Gone With The Wind?

I am not saying that I think that film making should not be ethical. I’m saying that if there are so many criteria to satisfy the judging might become more about that and less about the actual film. A mediocre film could win while a brilliant one was not nominated because only 29% of the cast and crew were from under represented groups.

I think that there should be recognition of film makers who do have diversity amongst their cast and crew. Maybe a special award category. But no, I don’t think not fulfilling that criteria should prevent a film from even being nominated. So I guess that maybe I agree more with Richard Dreyfuss.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I’m a little conflicted about this and I do think that the film industry needs to do a better job when it comes to diversity, but should that also include requiring that a certain percentage of cast and crew represent specific groups of people if it means that truly great films will be discriminated against? It’s definitely thorny issue.

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