Last night's Academy Awards ceremony invited 35+ million viewers to watch in wonderment as a bunch of millionaires cracked self-aware jokes about how exclusive and aloof they are while doing nothing to amend their behavior, as well as verbally congratulating themselves for braving an abominable 50-degree downpour during a time when the rest of the country is being crushed beneath an arctic hellscape.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
But hey, at least we got to see Clint Eastwood's "I have no idea who Kanye West is" face.
So is watching a room full of mostly-white rich people pat themselves on the back for four hours really as meaningless as the vitriol hounds of the Internet claim? After all, we're talking about a gathering of the most powerful people in one of the biggest, most influential industries in the world. Surely they could spend their most visible evening of the year doing something worthwhile?
Actually, no, not really.
5 The Voters Are Mostly White Men Who Probably Haven't Seen the Films
Between the Sony hack uncovering the pay gap for female stars and Patricia Arquette's acceptance speech / middle finger to that fact, it sure seems like the inequality between grotesquely rich actors and slightly less rich actresses will finally close. Except that this message is falling on a group of people so old, Caucasian, and male that this year's nominations were the whitest the Oscars have been since Forrest Gump helped black people start the Civil Rights Movement. In a recent survey, Academy voters turned out to be 94 percent white, 76 percent male, and averaged at over 60 years old -- a cluster that absolutely does not match America's moviegoing demographics.