Another year, another chance to snub actors and filmmakers of color. This time—again—it was the Academy Awards whose recent nominations were alarmingly white despite a year of successful diverse films. Even worse, among the Black films in the mix, their only nominations went to white people, Creed’s Sylvester Stallone and the screenwriters of Straight Outta Compton.
Ain’t that something?
And of course, the Academy’s first Black president Cheryl Boone Isaacs had to make a statement about why the #OscarsSoWhiteAgain.
She told Deadline, “Of course I am disappointed…But this is not to take away the greatness [of the films nominated]. This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board.”
However, Boone Isaacs acknowledged that the Academy has been slow to embrace diversity, saying, “You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it. We have got to speed it up.”
No kidding, girl; it’s only 2016. Tell us something we don’t already know.
Yet Reginald Hudlin, a producer for this year’s Academy Awards, was more enlightening with his critique of why these films were shut out.
“I thought there was an extraordinary amount of Oscar-worthy work by black artists and they all got overlooked. But that doesn’t change the fact that those movies are there, those movies are great, audiences love them and they were some of the biggest box office of the year. So America’s clear, the world is clear as they are celebrating them. I hope they are not being punished for their success,” he also told Deadline.
And like Hudlin said: it’s not like there weren’t any contenders of color to pepper the monotony of this year’s nominees.
Where were the noms for Concussion’s Will Smith, Creed’s Michael B. Jordan, Beasts of No Nation’s Idris Elba, Sicario’s Benicio Del Toro or the cast of Straight Outta Compton? What about Viola Davis for Lila and Eve (which may not have been the best film, but a stunning performance nonetheless), Chiraq’s Teyonah Parris and Tangerine‘s transgender stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor? Not to mention, there were no directing noms for Spike Lee or Ryan Coogler.
The only person of color to be nominated for a major award was director Alejandro González Iñárritu for his film The Revenant, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
And while the Oscars may be just one symptom of a huge diversity gap problem in Hollywood, if Boone Isaacs is really serious about getting her squad up to par, perhaps it’s time to really change that fact that of the 6,261 Academy voters, 94 percent are white, 77 percent are male and the average age is 63 years-old.
Because in order to be nominated for an Oscar, our films shouldn’t only have to cater to those folks’ sensibilities.
2015 Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals
1. Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish1 of 43
2. Kelly Osbourne2 of 43
3. Giuliana Rancic3 of 43
4. Anna Kendrick4 of 43
5. Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson5 of 43
6. Kevin Hart6 of 43
7. Zendaya7 of 43
8. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo8 of 43
9. Miles Teller and Keleigh Sperry9 of 43
10. Zoe Saldana10 of 43
11. Common11 of 43
12. Rita Ora12 of 43
13. Gina Rodriguez13 of 43
14. Rosamund Pike14 of 43
15. Chloe Grace Moretz15 of 43
16. Octavia Spencer16 of 43
17. Reese Witherspoon17 of 43
18. Viola Davis18 of 43
19. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend19 of 43
20. Lupita Nyong'o and Peter Nyong'o20 of 43
21. Solange Knowles21 of 43
22. Jennifer Hudson22 of 43
23. Jennifer Lopez23 of 43
24. Scarlett Johansson24 of 43
25. Kerry Washington25 of 43
26. Rita Ora26 of 43
27. Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston27 of 43
28. Gwyneth Paltrow28 of 43
29. Emma Stone29 of 43
30. Jennifer Aniston30 of 43
31. Jessica Chastain31 of 43
32. Lady Gaga32 of 43
33. David Oyelowo33 of 43
34. Bradley Cooper34 of 43
35. Jared Leto35 of 43
36. Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham36 of 43
37. Keira Knightley and Lady Gaga37 of 43
38. Idris Elba and Isan Elba38 of 43
39. Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher39 of 43
40. Meryl Streep40 of 43
41. Channing Tatum41 of 43
42. John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson42 of 43
43. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend43 of 43
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs ‘Disappointed’ By Oscars’ Lack Of Diversity was originally published on hellobeautiful.com