In the New York Times, Professor Emeritus of Media and Society Lester Friedman, author of Citizen Spielberg, weighs in on the 2018 Academy Awards and the reasons Steven Spielberg is not among the nominees for best director.
In the article, “Why Didn’t Steven Spielberg Get an Oscar Nomination for ‘The Post’?” Friedman explains that Spielberg’s drama about the Washington Post’s reporting on the Pentagon papers may have “hit the wrong note in the wrong historical period.”
As the Times notes, “Mr. Friedman said in this awards season especially, one distinguished by underdog stories and diversity in ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Get Out’ and other pictures, ‘The Post’ felt out of place. For all of its important messaging, it remains a very white, very upper-middle-class film. ‘This isn’t the year for a middle-of-the-road Hollywood drama,’ he said.”
A former chair of the Media and Society Program, Friedman joined the HWS faculty in 2005, having previously taught at Syracuse University, Upstate Medical Center and Northwestern University. He earned both his Ph.D. and master’s degree from Syracuse University and his bachelor’s degree from Alfred University. He is the editor of Fires Were Started and Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media. In addition to Citizen Spielberg, he is the author of, American Cinema of the 1970s, Monstrous Progeny: A History of Frankenstein Narrative and the forthcoming Tough Ain’t Enough: The Films of Clint Eastwood.