With Autism Awareness Day approaching, it’s necessary to discuss the reality that Hollywood doesn’t provide individuals with autism disorders the opportunity to show their potential in the world of film. The irony is that The Academy awards considers diversity in their nominated films to include people of all races, sexual orientation, but not those with disabilities. Hollywood is failing to create artistic and well-written stories that deal with autism-spectrum disorders that individuals can relate to.
Despite, the difficult situations that many autistic people encounter in modern society, they are often underrepresented or viewed as a non-important issue. Movies that portray autism accurately receive mixed reviews by critics and don’t get the proper attention they deserve. Despite the 2011 film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting nominated for Best Picture, it was met with negative reviews.
According to Rotten Tomatoes it earned a 46% rating with critics, while other best picture nominated films had higher approval ratings by at least 30% or more. Autism representation can provide a platform to increase the awareness of these struggles and provide assistance. The film industry needs to make more movies that realistically represent people with autism or else where will autistic youth look to for proper representation.