Last year was a disaster for the Oscars and the Motion Picture Academy’s efforts to add more diversity to films. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was created in response to to the whitest Oscars since 1998. It trended on social media and was a huge embarrassment to the industry. It was so bad that host Neil Patrick Harris opened the Oscar ceremony by joking, “Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest. Sorry, brightest.”
This year the academy is once again bracing for an #OscarsSoWhite shit storm. In the acting categories, only one POC, Idris Elba, for Beasts Of No Nation, is projected to get a nod. This leaves out Will Smith’s much nominated performance in Concussion, Micheal B Jordan’s highly praised performance in Creed and Samuel L Jackson’s brava turn in Hateful Eight.
Looks like Viola was half right when she said the POC just need opportunities. Even when they have opportunities they often get left out of the awards derby.
You will notice that I did not list any WOC who might be deserving of a nom, because Viola was right when she pointed out the lack of opportunities. Basically, this past year all the cool parts went to white actresses.
As we have pointed out on this site before, movies do not reflect society as a whole. TV and Broadway are finding huge success with stories by and featuring POC so it’s puzzling why movies haven’t caught a clue yet. Empire, Fresh off the Boat, Black-ish and Jane the Virgin are raking in the bucks on TV. Hamilton, The Color Purple and Allegiance are the hottest tickets on The Great White Way.
Movies…NSM. Search on the “white washing” tag on this site and you will get several examples of movies that SHOULD have starred POC and didn’t. There really is no reason for it, other than the fact the power brokers in Tinsel Town are overwhelmingly white, so they don’t think a POC can open a movie. (Tell that to Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Samuel L Jackson) It’s lie, but they don’t let it stop.
So get your Tweeting fingers and get ready to rip the movies industry a new one on social media. The nominations will be announced on January 14th.