Saturday Night Live jumped into the #OscarsSoWhite debate, and they did it in typical SNL style. The skit hilariously lampooned the Academy over the blatant lack of diversity in this year’s acting nominees.
It’s one of funniest SNL skits I’ve seen in a long time. But don’t take my word for it. You be the judge.
Time to warm up that #OscarsSoWhite hashtag y’all, the Academy has announced their 2016 nominations and they are a whiter shade of pale.
Not one POC made the cut in the acting categories. No Will Smith, no Micheal B Jordan, no Idris Elba. In the directing category Alejandro G. Iñárritu got a nod for helming the otherwise very white The Revenant but Ryan Coogler’s work on Creed was ignored.
The only good surprise for POC was that Straight Outta Compton got a nod for Best Original Screenplay, but that’s pretty slim.
We have complained before that the movies are lagging considerably behind TV, comics and Broadway when it comes to opportunities for POC. Even though there were a few performances by POC that were considered nomination worthy by other awards like the Golden Globes, those were ignored by the Oscars. The Motion Picture Academy has some serious soul searching to do to bring themselves in the 21st century. It’s already 2016, they should hurry the eff up.
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. Continue reading #OscarsSoWhite