It's that time of year again...awards season. You know, the fashion, the dresses, the red carpet, the designers, and of course...the body watchers.
Or, you may recall the Blog piece on another site that criticized the always slender actresses Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate Hudson for seemingly having "put on a little weight" (http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/18/now-scrutinizing-a-rounder-golden-globes/).
So, what will it be this year? Natalie's baby bump? Amy's "post baby weight?" Catherine's "full-figure?"
What has changed in Hollywood in the last decade is the acceptance of comments by the "body watchers" who offer critiques that influence audience opinions, not about performances, costumes, direction, or cinematography...but about weight and body shape. Unfortunately, such a trend continues the scrutiny of women (and increasingly, of men too), and increases the preoccupation in our culture with dieting, weight loss and the pursuit of the "thin ideal".
I have friends and family in the entertainment business, so I usually watch the awards shows, and this year, I'll be watching again. But I can tell you now that when I applaud accomplishments of the artists involved, it will be for their work, not their weight-loss or waistlines.