The 2018 Oscar nominations are out, and Hollywood aficionados are busy speculating who’s in and who’s out, why, wherefore, and whatnot. No,Wonder Woman didn’t make it, either for acting or directing. Praise be to the Lord: There seems to be some cinematic sense of justice about the world. Yes, Meryl Streep did make it – her 21st nomination – for her role in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. But no, Spielberg did not make it to the best director list, and rightly so.
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.