I saw an article today on Variety in which the topic of a gender neutral Emmys was a discussion point, with the argument stating whether the acting categories at award shows should be changed from Best Actor and Best Actress to become Best Leading Performance, with up to 10 nominees, like Best Picture at the Oscars. It is becoming more and more common to see editorials of this kind, with the equality shown by the Oscars coming into question, especially at the most recent ceremony. Would this lead to equality at award shows? In my personal opinion, it would drift further away, as the nominations will come more into question when there is a gender majority, in the same way the Oscars came under attack with the #OscarsSoWhite trend, something which in itself is ridiculous as David Oyelowo was the only black actor in genuine contention that missed out and he wasn’t more deserving of a nod than other white actors that were nominated or even others that missed out. Anyway, this got me thinking, who would have been nominated in the last 5 ceremonies if the Oscars were gender neutral? This is my best estimate of what I think would have been nominated (not personal opinion):
2014- Leading Performance: 1. Julianne Moore (Still Alice), 2. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), 3. Michael Keaton (Birdman), 4. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), 5. Reese Witherspoon (Wild). Supporting Performance: 1. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), 2. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), 3. Edward Norton (Birdman), 4. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), 5. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood).
2013- Leading Performance: 1. Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), 2. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), 3. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), 4. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), 5. Judi Dench (Philomena). Supporting Performance: 1. Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), 2. Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), 3. Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), 4. Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), 5. Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips).
2012- Leading Performance: 1. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), 2. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), 3. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), 4. Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), 5. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty). Supporting Performance: 1. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), 2. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), 3. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), 4. Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), 5. Sally Field (Lincoln).
2011- Leading Performance: 1. Jean Dujardin (The Artist), 2. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), 3. Viola Davis (The Help), 4. George Clooney (The Descendants), 5. Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). Supporting Performance: 1. Christopher Plummer (Beginners), 2. Octavia Spencer (The Help), 3. Berenice Bejo (The Artist), 4. Jonah Hill (Moneyball), 5. Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn).
2010- Leading Performance: 1. Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), 2. Natalie Portman (Black Swan), 3. James Franco (127 Hours), 4. Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), 5. Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone). Supporting Performance: 1. Christian Bale (The Fighter), 2. Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech), 3. Melissa Leo (The Fighter), 4. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), 5. Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right).