Second year in a row of people of color being exiled by the Academy Awards
Twitter went crazy over the announcement of nominations for this year’s Academy Awards. The outcry wasnt positive however due to the fact that for the second year in a row the Oscars have failed to include any actors/actresses of colour. Twitter users revived the popular hashtag #OscarsSoWhite which was used last year for disregarding important titles such as the historical drama Selma.
Many are perplexed in the decision making – once again denying people of colour this platform after giving society critically acclaimed quality and the slap in the face being that the only black person represented is comedian Chris Rock who will be hosting said event. Here is a list of some of the movies that sparked conversation.
- Straight Outta Compton – Directed by F. Gary Gray, the biopic of the iconic hip hop group N.W.A. This film not only showed us the acting talent of upcoming actors Cory Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and rapper Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson, but also held the number one movie spot in the U.S. for several weeks. Straight Outta Compton grossed over $200 million and was the 18th most grossed picture of 2015.
- Beasts of No Nation – Drama film written and directed by Cary Joli Fukunaga which depicted a young black boy dealing with extreme hardships as his country is at war. Critics applauded famous actor Idris Elba’s performance and the movie itself received high reviews.
- Creed – Directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Aaron Covington. A boxing film that shows a young troubled boxer (Micheal B. Jordan) while going through this journey of becoming a successful boxer with the help of the famous Rocky Balboa (Sylverster Stallone). To date this movie has grossed over $119 million and being an instant hit for fans who have flooded social media praising this movie. The upsetting part for fans is that Sylvester Stallone was nominated, but not Micheal B. Jordan (who gave an excellent performance),
The hashtag “OscarsSoWhite” has created some interesting statements on such as:
#OscarsSoWhite that Rocky got nominated in a movie about Apollo Creed’s son.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) January 14, 2016
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 14, 2016
Even white people joined the debate typically humorous fashion:
20 for 20! We did it. HUGE day for white actors. #Oscars2016
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) January 14, 2016
It’s going to be interesting how the Academy Awards responds to such backlash (if we get any reponse at all) and how celebrities will re-act to such news. With this being the Oscar’s second offense to the rejection of non-white representation one has to wonder how much longer will it take for the awards committee to understand how problematic this is.