Everyone has a different idea of what makes a good movie. That’s why there are so many categories for awards shows best film, best actor, best supporting role and so on. Though after the nominees were announced for this year’s Oscars, some feel race has to do with a good film. The question is, does race have anything to do with how the academy selects a nominee for the Oscar’s?
The Oscars also known as the Academy Awards Show is overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year, the nominees were announced by the Academy, and there was something about the nominees that had social media buzzing.
The categories under question, are the lead and supporting actor roles.
The controversy? There’s a clear absence of diversity within these categories. However, it’s not just the racial diversity that have people concerned. The categories surrounding best director, cinematographers and screenwriters have an absence of women.
Every year there are disappointments for someone, somewhere not being nominated, but one of the most talked about performances was by British-Nigerian actor, David Oyelowo. You know Oyelowo from his role as Martin Luther King Jr., in Selma.
While the absence of Oyelowo is enough to start a trending hashtag like “#OscarsSoWhite” the director of the same movie, a woman, Ava Duvernay not being nominated is also questionable.
After more than a few different hashtags, articles and news coverage of the lack of both racial and gender diversity in the nominations, the president of the Academy has spoken up. By the way, the president of the Academy, is the first ever black president of the Academy in its history and a woman.
Last year during the Oscars we saw plenty of diversity not only amongst the nominees, but amongst the winners as well.
Lupita Nyong’o won for best supporting actress and Barkhad Abdi who was nominated for best supporting role in Captain Phillips, and there were others as well. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences told the Associated Press, “In the last two years, we’ve made greater strides than we ever have in the past toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization through admitting new members and more inclusive classes of members,”. Isaacs continued to say, “And, personally, I would love to see and look forward to seeing a greater cultural diversity among all our nominees in all of our categories.” It’s also worth noting that Selma was nominated as best picture.
One of the perceived causes behind the nominees is the lack of diversity within the Academy.
The Associated Press brought up that the Los Angeles Times did a survey back in 2012 that showed the Academy was made of 94 percent white and mostly men. The average age of the white men?
62 years of age, and none of the 7,000 members have an obligation to retire. All of this information leaves more questions than answers.
Isaacs claimed that there is plenty of opportunity for diversity since there is “not one central body or group of people that sit around the table and come up with nominations.” The question is, where does the lack of diversity begin? It could be the 7,000 white men around the age of 62 who let their possible beliefs affect how they vote, or it could be that there just isn’t enough diversity in the movies themselves. Though, on the other hand, there is the question of should race or gender mean an automatic nomination just to fill a diversity quota? After all, how mad would you be if your favorite movie wasn’t nominated due to the gender or race of the actors?
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