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just in case people don’t know, the composer of frozen is bobby lopez, a renowned filipino-american songwriter, and if he wins best original song tonight then he will be the first man of colour in history to win an emmy, grammy, oscar, and tony
Fuuuuuck. Doesn’t that make her only the SECOND Black actress to win??? History.
7th. She would have been 2nd for Lead. But this was for supporting. But there are so many other reasons that this was important, too!
It wasn’t a story about white people. It was about black people and black history, including the really shit white people did to them.
She wasn’t playing a happily servile role. She wasn’t playing someone complacent with the system. She didn’t play a villain.
She was up against Julia Roberts. She was up against America’s (Current) Sweetheart. She was up against Titans.
She is a woman who has studied her craft. She is talented. She is poised. And she got to give a speech about what this film meant to her. She didn’t have to rely on anybody else to speak for her. This is a big deal.
She won for portraying a true experience that many teachers across this nation like to hide or pretend wasn’t as raw and deeply tragic as it was.
She played a woman who didn’t get saved. Not even by the male hero. There was no Prince Charming. She had no agency to save herself. She was denied that. Her story wasn’t counterbalanced by a character of “that one slave owner character that really isn’t as bad as that other one.” The stories that were told about black history in that film weren’t framed from the perspective of a “good white guy” who recognized a flawed system.
She got to play that on screen. She gave a performance that demanded recognition. That said to viewers: THIS HAPPENED TO A WOMAN LIKE ME. THIS HAPPENED TO COUNTLESS MORE WOMEN LIKE ME. This happened to real life human beings who are countless because they have been erased from history. Look at this. You can’t ignore it anymore. You can’t leave these women behind anymore.
And she played it so deeply and so powerfully and so realistically that it rendered people unable to fall back onto the “that was just one case,” because one is still too many.
And The Academy saw that and held it up and didn’t hide it.
That doesn’t happen. Ever.
This was a big fucking deal.
Black women have been nominated for that category only 16 times in the Oscar’s 85 years.
Black women have only won 6 of those times.
I do wish she had been nominated/won for leading actress.
But it’s…. How do I even say it.
She gave a voice to a woman who was robbed of her own. And that voice resonates even harder, because that woman is not alive to see it. None of the women who shared that experience are alive to see that happen — not even remotely close. To those women, there was no victory or happy ending. Their stories ended like Patsey’s — tragically, painfully, before they should have, and without clear resolution or any sort of closure or justice.
It is important that she won to honor them. It is imortant that she won, because it is a reminder that what was done can never be undone. It was important that she won, because there are still idiots and assfucks in this world who say shit like this. It is important because, while the story shows how much “the human spirit” (as Goldie Hawn just stated) can overcome — it is moreso a reminder that sometimes people are helpless because of what other humans do to them. That it is not within the power of every human, no matter how strong their spirit, to overcome things. It is only within the power of other people to help them escape their circumstances and that when other people do not do that, stories like Patsey’s happen. It is so fucking important that she won.