Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: Our Cate … failing vulnerable … stop the planes …

This year's Academy Awards was a triumph for Australians, with Cate Blanchett and Catherine Martin taking home gongs. Plus our treatment of asylum seekers, girls' homes and other shameful moral failings.

Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

Australia's triumph -- and failure. It was a week of triumph and of failure. Just as Australia gets described -- searingly -- by Guardian Australia editor Katharine Viner as "a globally infamous human rights abuser" on Q&A, we also punch way above our weight artistically at the Oscars. It was thrilling to see Catherine Martin and Cate Blanchett do so well representing the talent and dignity of Australia. Unfortunately, some sections of our media still can’t see a woman as an individual, no matter how many individual Oscars she has won (four), as Jenny Eather pointed out:

The rise of 'women's pictures'. I am a bit of an Academy Awards tragic, I confess, spending much of my youth imagining what I might say if I won an Oscar. Sad to say, I suspect I've left my run in that particular arena a bit late, so I satisfy myself (as most of us do) by living vicariously through other Australians who live the dream. It was particularly satisfying seeing two women over 40 represent the best Australia has to offer -- something still quite rare. Blanchett’s acceptance speech made pointed mention of the fact that "women's pictures" -- as they are still sneeringly called -- can make money. This point is also supported by this tweet written prior to the Oscars by Ellen Barkin:

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  1. Chris Fowler

    Great read as usual, however, Cate Blanchett is not the first Australian to win two oscars – she is the first Australian actor to do so. Catherine Martin holds that title, along with the title of most Oscar wins for an Australian.

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