The Oscars. The night everyone in Hollywood waits for. Its the cherry on top to anyone who works in front of and behind the camera. This year it’s hosted by Chris Rock and folks are blasting off on twitter that he’ll be “the blackest thing there” seeing as though no black actors were nominated in the the 20 acting categories. Folks got so upset that the #OscarsSoWhite took flight yesterday!! According to TheJasmineBrand:
Unfortunately, no black actors were nominated for any of the 20 slots in the four acting categories. The Hollywood Reporter reports,
“The Academy has made a concerted effort to diversify its own membership, inviting 322 new members this past July that included Selma star David Oyelowo, British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who appears in Concussion, and Compton director F. Gary Gray. And Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has also announced a new initiative called A2020 to further diversify the Academy itself and also encourage the industry to open up more opportunities for women and minorities.”
When it comes to voting its annual awards, the Academy is at the mercy of the industry itself and whatever films are produced and released in a given year.
This year, only a handful of awards-caliber films focused on black stories, like Compton or the African-set Beasts of No Nation, or featured black actors in prominent roles like Will Smith in Concussion, Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight.
Well, that’s that. Read more HERE!!
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