Biggest Moments In TV & Film In This Decade


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With just a few days left before the new decade (forget year) we gathered the biggest moments that happened in the 2010's that will surely shift the future of this industry.


Ready?



Here we go.


#MeToo movement rattles Hollywood and opens doors for women.




Ashley Judd opened the gateway to change and ended the reign of entitled powerful men in Hollywood.


The actress stunned the world when she shared her uncomfortable experience with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. After her brave testimony, more than 20 women including famous actresses, were courageous enough to come foward with their sexual harassment experience with Weinstein too.


This ultimately lead to the demise of one of the most powerful studio executives in the industry, in addition to Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey who were also brought to the forefront for their similar behavior.


The #MeToo movement wasn't limited to just women, as men also shared their experiences too, but it did gave rise to better treatment and awareness of how women are treated in TV and film.


Furthermore, I think it inspired more women to venture into the industry whether it be in front or behind the cameras and gained more respect in the field. There was a sense of camaraderie and women had no problem voicing their concerns.


Speaking up helped by having the spotlight being placed on their talents with a newfound level of admiration.



Disney dominates.





The Walt Disney Company is already a beast on its own but this decade catapulted them into a different stratosphere.


First, they bought 21st Century Fox, then secured a massive deal that included owning Marvel, creating a monster of a company that has never been seen in TV and Film.


The decade was completely ran by Disney in the box office, from all the Marvel movies successes, some of which earned billions world wide, to the remakes of Disney classics like The Lion King and Aladdin which also made history.


But what really solidified them as the juggernaut of studios is when they launched their own streaming service in November called "Disney Plus", which sent the company's gross into the billions.



Netflix switches over to a streaming service and changes the game forever.




If you've been with Netflix from the jump, then you know the company started out as a mail in service.


You'd get a magazine of movies or shows available for rent, mail in your choices and receive the DVDs in the mailbox.


Netflix recognized the potential advancement of the then new "digital space" and offered their customers an option to stream their favorites or stick with their original service of physically getting a DVD.


The rest is history. (By the way you can still get DVD's sent to your house if you'd like which was nice of them to make available as an option.)


In any case, Netflix is the OG of the streaming world, offering not only films and shows we known and love but also original series and movies created by the company on their platforms. Their success with subscriptions and nominations/wins for films and TV shows at the major award shows, lead to companies like Hulu, Amazon, Apple TV, HBO Max, CBS All Access, Peacock and more to launch their own streaming services.


A total game changer.



#OscarsSoWhite





In a time where social media is the go to place to get immediate info or to voice your opinions, people did the latter during the 2016 Academy Awards.


The hashtag was created organically by viewers who shared their dismay of the lack of representation at the awards show. The people spoke and they had enough.


Barely any films that were nominated featured a person of color neither did any people of color win an award, and let's not get into the amount of POC presenters at the show.


The backlash was relentless and the Academy had no choice but to include more diversity into their program.


However, with just 18% of the Academy members being a person of color, change is still needed but nevertheless, that backlash was a long time coming.




"Black Panther" and "Crazy Rich Asians" altered the industry, proving inclusion is here to stay.





With the incredible success of Marvel's Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, studios were smacked with a realization that the audience do in fact, want to see more representation on the big screen and will spend money doing so.


Black Panther became one of the most successful films of all time while Crazy Rich Asians, which featured an all Asian cast for the first time in 15 years, hit #1 in the box office.


The thought of having a person of color be the highlight of the film or their stories be the premise was an absolute laughable idea. Studios were not willing to risk investing in such films because they thought the ROI would be terrible.


These two films proved otherwise and opened the door of opportunity for other stories from people of color to be told.


The message was clear, inclusion is here and now.



Sony Pictures hackers steals information over a movie.





Sony Pictures' The Interview, was a month out from being released in theaters until the company was hacked by a group called "Guardians of Peace."


The group called for the withdrawal of the film from theaters amid the controversial movie plot which was a plan to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Tensions were already running high between the U.S and North Korea so the hack seemed highly suspicious.


Either way, thousands of emails were made public while employees' information were shared across databases. The FBI got involved and the origins of the culprit lead back to North Korea but they denied any involvement.



A list directors and studios save Kodak.




With the turn of the digital era, Kodak was close to becoming obsolete.


Kodak's film stock, the go-to for Hollywood for decades was close to bankruptcy, suffering a 96% decrease in sales as studios were no longer relying on the traditional 35mm film for their projects opting for digital projections for their films.


Unlike their competitor Fujifilm who left the business also due to terrible sales, Kodak was saved be a group of A-list directors and studios.


Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, NBC Universal, Warner Bros, JJ Abrams, Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Christopher Nolan and more all made agreements to continue buying filmstock from the company with Nolan stating how much money is saved by using film.


"..film has tremendous balls. That’s just all there is to it. Film is oak, digital is plywood... [film can] reproduce colour the way the eye sees it. The point at which you’re told you won’t have a choice anymore, that becomes an important creative issue that needs to be brought to people’s attention.”



TV had its share of cringeworthy moments.





Steve Harvey announcing the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant on live television.






La La Land was announced the winner for "Best Picture" but there was a mess up. Moonlight was the winner. AWKWARD.






And Lifetime's Surviving R Kelly sent the disgraced singer to prison as he awaits a trial for his perverse fetish for underage girls.





The next decade will surely bring a new slew of memorable moments and we can't wait to see what unfolds.





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