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: