Oscar Nominations do lack diversity…but what should we expect?

Yesterday the Oscar nominations were announced, and all of the actors and actresses nominated are white. David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay were both expected to be nominated but they weren’t. Was this a conspiracy or did they just truly believe others gave more powerful performances or their directing was more on point? The Academy gives the Oscars away every year they are not earned. Every year there are plenty of brilliant performances not recognized. The Academy can give their awards to whoever they choose, and this year they did not choose to recognize any people of color. What can you do if you feel this is wrong? Don’t watch the show. I saw Selma and I thought Oyelowo’s performance was brilliant, but I don’t have a vote on who gets the little gold man. So why not use the energy and the outrage for good and go out and help someone register to vote for something that really matters. #VotingMatters

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/01/15/oscar-nominations-diversity-backlash/21817111/

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  • poppedblackwomanblog  On January 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Agreed. Instead of getting upset that black actors and directors aren’t being recognized, I think the people that are outraged should organize and develop an awards program similar to the Oscar’s for oeople of color. Why not channel the energy into doing something instead of just complaining?

    • Bill  On January 18, 2015 at 3:12 am

      News flash – this is called competition. Should every white contender who did not win in a specific category or not even receive a nomination feel that the judging was fair? They can’t blame not winning on racism.

      As far back as 1939 Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for best supporting actress, Sidney Potier, 1963 Best Actor, Denzel Washington, 1989 Best Supporting Actor. Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, Halle Berry, Louis Gosset Jr., Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, MO’NIQUE, and many other black performers have won Oscars for various categories. So we know that blacks can win. How many beautiful and talented young women go home empty handed every year having lost the Miss America, Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants. The fact is not everyone is awarded a trophy because they participated. Maybe what is needed is an affirmative action program that requires a representative percentage of minorities receive proportionate awards.

      But do we really want to take our marbles and just go and play the game amongst ourselves? Really? Well that doesn’t sound very inclusive to me. Playing in the big league in any arena is always extremely competitive and when outcomes are not determined by an objective numeral score there will always be hurt feelings. But when minorities are involved, does it always have to be because of racism?

      • poppedblackwomanblog  On January 18, 2015 at 5:47 am

        Of course, racism isn’t always an issue when minorities are involved. And I certainly don’t deny that competition is good and everyone can’t be winners. However, I do feel that if the voting members of the Academy are predominantly elderly white males, films that center on interests that would be more appealing to women and minorities might go overlooked and not deemed as valuable. I would liken it to an R&B singer being expected to receive an award at an awards show for heavy metal artists. I believe if we want to see more black directors, actors, and films being recognized for their true talents, we need to integrate the judging members of the Oscars or develop an awards program where the aforementioned artists of color can be recognized by people that share their interests. Honestly, many of the movies that when Oscars don’t appeal to me, but then again, i don’t believe that I am the target audience.

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