Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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C’est la vi-llian: Hollywood

Alfred Hitchcock once said: ‘The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture’. “Villain” however, didn’t clearly mean “bad guy” till the 1800s. The Medieval Latin villanus meant villager, which went on to be used to describe those outside of polite society: the poor, criminals, etc. A villain therefore, can be said to simply […]

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We’re here, we’re (not) queer, get used to it: Straightwashing in Hollywood

Amidst news of Scarlett Johansson’s casting as Major Motoko in Ghost in the Shell, many news outlets took an opportunity to begin a productive discussion about the problem of whitewashing in Hollywood. Less discussed, however, is Hollywood’s similar problem with ‘straightwashing’. The old adage holds that to make it in Hollywood, one has to ‘play […]

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Cinepiphanies: Mamma Mia

Another term begins, and this intrepid reporter is still having his Screen Editor credentials called into question, this week’s scandal being that I’ve never seen Mamma Mia! Given its alleged status as a landmark in the world of musical theatre, I had certain expectations. As my friends and I settled down with a bottle of […]

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The Hollywood-isation of theatre?

  A cliché opening to this article would be to claim that literary adaptation for stage is currently ‘in vogue’, both in Oxford and (gasp) outside of it, on the evidence of recent high-profile productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Headlong’s 1984 alongside student performances of Gawain and the Green […]

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No More Heroes

Humphrey Bogart. Fred Astaire. Marlon Brando. Male leads that came to define an era, flag-bearers of the golden age of Hollywood, and actors that have meagre equivalents (at best) in today’s cinematic landscape. Accompanied by such legendary leading ladies as Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Mae West and Marilyn Monroe, these men epitomised that which all […]

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