In this article, Dan Kois discusses the problems with this year's Oscar nominees- namely that films centering on women's stories are not worthy for a Best Picture nomination. He focuses his analysis on Wild, 'a prototypical "women's story," and thus not worthy of a Best Picture nomination.' He especially criticizes how narratives that explore real themes and free women are not only slighted by award shows, but also have difficulty securing funding from industries. This pattern sends the message that men's personal stories have more 'worth' than women's personal stories.
Because this year’s Oscar nominees point to a certain idea about the overall worth of men’s stories versus those of women’s. ...there among the Best Actress nominees is Reese Witherspoon, one of this year’s crop of great actresses giving performances good enough to be nominated for Best Actress, but not telling stories important enough, as far as the academy is concerned, to be nominated for Best Picture.... In the past 20 years, only 21 movies that primarily tell the stories of women have been nominated for Best Picture, out of 125 movies nominated overall....When the stories of women—those out in the world, living real human lives ...are deemed unsuitable of the industry’s biggest prize, it becomes harder to convince studios and producers to make those movies.