Jamie Lee Curtis Talks About Degendering Oscar Award Categories

Jamie Lee Curtis has spoken about degendering the Oscar Award categories. Find out what she had to say here...
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Jamie Lee Curtis has discussed degendering the Oscar Award categories.

The 64-year-old actress was one of the big winners at the 95th Academy Awards – picking up Best Supporting Actress for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

This was her first win in her four-decade-long career, which includes roles in films such as Halloween, True Lies and Freaky Friday.

Now, Curtis has addressed the potential of the awards going genderless.

Watch Jamie Lee Curtis discuss the Oscars degendering below…

The 2023 Oscars came under criticism for its lack of women and diversity in its nominations.

Not a single woman was nominated for Best Director, while both writing categories only had one woman nominated in each.

While The Woman King – which was expected to pick up a number of nominations – was snubbed completely.

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Speaking to the press after the awards show, the Knives Out star has spoken out about the problems that could happen if the Academy decides to degender its awards – describing it as ‘complicated’.

Curtis says: “Obviously I would like to see a lot more women be nominated so that there’s gender parity in all the areas and all the branches, and I think we’re getting there.

“We’re not anywhere near there. And of course, the inclusivity then that involves the bigger question, which is, how do you include everyone when there are binary choices, which is very difficult.”

Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis has discussed degendering the Oscar Award categories. Credit: Oscars via YouTube

Speaking from personal experience, Curtis can understand why the Oscars might want to degender the categories.

Curtis’ daughter, Ruby Guest, publicly came out as transgender in 2020 and married her partner Kynthia – which was officiated by her Oscar-winning mother.

The Trading Places star explains: “As the mother of a trans daughter I completely understand that.

“And yet, to degender the category, also, I’m concerned [that] will diminish the opportunities for more women, which is something I also have been working hard to try to promote.

“So it’s a complicated question, but I think the most important thing is inclusivity and more women.”

She finishes her statement by saying: “I mean basically just f***ing more women anywhere, anytime, all at once.”

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Elsewhere in the post-award show, Curtis is asked if her parents Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh – who are both Academy Award winners – would be looking down and smiling.

Curtis replies that she doesn’t believe in a world where people are ‘looking down on us’ but believes that she is a ‘proud product of them’.

The Halloween star comments: “I think we are them in our actions and in our deeds and in our ideas.

“And then we build our own. We give them to our children and that’s how the world goes on.

“So I am a product of them. And I am a proud product of them. And I know that they will be incredibly proud of me.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.