When Dutch graphic designer and number cruncher Victor van Werkhooven shared his great world map image last fall aggregating the geographical settings of all Best Picture Academy Award winners, he made the following observation:
Until 1979, New York was the place to be for almost a third of all Best Picture-winning films. After that: nada, nothing, zero, zilch. I’m gonna go ahead and coin the phrase “Kramer vs Kramer curse”.
Meaning: If Birdman wins the big prize tonight, it will not only cap a sensational awards season run for Michael Keaton and Alejandro González Iñárritu (essayed as “El Directoro” by Bill Hader in yesterday’s Spirit Awards Birdman spoof). It will also bring the biggest Oscar of them all back “home” to NYC after 35 years.
Ana Swanson, who writes for Washington Post Wonkblog “Know More,” picked up on van Wekhooven’s graph today as part of a collection of a half-dozen telling breakdowns. Another in her collection reminds that for those who want to talk about gender inequality at this year’s Oscars, an equally logical place to start (besides the Best Director category) is Visual Effects.
[Image via: victorvanwerkhooven.nl]