I am not completely in tuned with the Oscars because I never feel like it is representing the gamut of things I pay attention to and watch. There have been so many movies that black actors have played in over the years that don’t even show up nominated in categories where they would clearly dominate if they did. Just like my best friend said, Angela Bassett played the heck out of her role as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to do With It but yet, Halle Berry gets one for being turned out in Monster’s Ball. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great actress but it’s a shame because she’s done way better films! Denzel tore up his role in Malcolm X but didn’t get an Oscar until he played a corrupt police officer in Training Day. Let’s not forget years before his role in Glory! (or the ton of movies that everyone else has done) I’m completely over it.
So they were talking about diversifying the Academy and I even saw an article that talked about how Academy members agree (http://www.thewrap.com/academy-members-applaud-oscars-push-for-diversity/) but my question is, what are they truly going to do about it? How many changes will come and reflect what we are truly looking at? Maybe when is the better question. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy released this statement after seeing so much of the backlash via social media: “In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond,” (http://www.wired.com/2016/01/academy-responds-to-all-white-oscar-nominations/) I think the biggest hope is that there is equal footing for all actors and that they are fairly being represented. Though you don’t want to make everything about race or gender, you can’t have a board comprised of mostly older white men and have them be the only ones voting on the best movies and TV shows of the year. http://www.oscars.org/about/board-of-governors They clearly aren’t watching what we are all watching.
The best way to improve upon older processes and older ways that still infiltrate our day to day is to take the stand and voice the concern just like everyone is doing. Spike Lee isn't always the only person of color that voices their concerns on diversity in Hollywood and the lack of recognition received by those who do outstanding work and are consistently overlooked! However, Wendy Williams characterizes Jada Pinkett Smith's boycotting as a fit because her husband didn’t get nominated. But it’s so much bigger than that. No one wants to work hard and never get their recognition. Should every ethnic group start forming their own production companies, developing their own boards and orchestrating their own awards…………..possibly a good idea (for the sake of keeping money in your community). But why not be able to stand up against the best films made by whomever and be judged fairly to receive your due? I hope that is now the direction that the Oscars will take since winning an Oscar is a huge deal for those in the entertainment community. Follow the news!
Until Next Time Lovies!