The Sad State of the Best Actress Oscar Race

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TIME

While much ink was spilled today about whether David Oyelowo of Selma or Jake Gyllenhaal of Nightcrawler were unfairly shut out of the best actor Oscar race, there’s little controversy over who received Best Actress nods this year. The Academy (yet again) picked from just a handful of female candidates, and their limited choices suggest that little progress has been made since last year when Cate Blanchett used her Oscar acceptance speech to critique “those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences — they’re not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money.”

In the 11 months since that speech, Blanchett has in many ways been vindicated. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Maleficent, Gone Girl,Frozen, Lucy and The Fault in Our Stars, all…

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