SN: Why are the Oscars so white?

maxresdefaultSN: Why are the Oscars so white?

The only thing more predictable than the actual nominations announced last Thursday was the fact that there would be an Oscar controversy regarding race.

I don’t usually touch on these issues since I myself am a white man and could never understand the turmoils of being in a minority race or gender. Also I never feel like I can add much to the conversation, these things just suck.

I did not predict “Concussion’s” Will Smith to make it into Lead Actor. Film wasn’t good enough and not everyone loved the performance. I did not predict a single acting nomination for “Straight Outta Compton” not because the performance weren’t good enough, but because the film came out too early and the push wasn’t hard enough. I also did not predict that the Academy would embrace a Netflix original movie whatsoever, not yet at least.

Idris Elba was the greatest bet, but he was never cemented.

I think what should be more revealing that we aren’t talking about more “snubbed” performances. Every year we go through this, every year there is a controversy but having a controversy is important.

To say all Academy voters are racist is to make a generalization. The point is to not make generalizations, and plus that’s implausible. It is also implausible to say none of them are racist. I’m sure there are a few bad apples, but not enough to completely withdraw votes from a minority candidate.

Again, broken record probably not adding much to the conversation, but the exclusive film industry and lack of roles for minorities both behind and in front of the camera are a problem and each year the Oscars bring that issue to light.

It’s a shame that with the “OscarsSoWhite” campaign that the Academy members are all taking the blame for this, but it is incredibly important that people are bringing this issue front and center. Maybe then studio executives and the big wigs on top can actually do something about it.

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About Matthew Durham

Passionate about Film, TV and Video Games. BS in Film. Post-Production Editor for The Golf Channel and Writer for TheMedia10.com

One thought on “SN: Why are the Oscars so white?

  1. It is more a lack of racial diversity in Hollywood scripts and productions. There were only a handful of African American performances worthy of mention because there were only a handful of roles to fill them. Will Smith was good, but not Oscar worthy. Idris Elba was great but was in a VERY competitive category (same with Samuel L Jackson and the entire cast of Straight Outta Compton). Movies like Dope and Tangerine were never likely to get serious Academy consideration. Spectre, The Martian, Southpaw all had decent roles but not on par with the eventual nominees. Not even Michael B Jordan in Creed would truly belong in the Best Actor race. The fact is that Hollywood is moving more and more towards adaptations of true stories, whether original or based on books that were based on true stories. 16 of the Best Picture nominees of the last four years have been based or loosely based on true stories. Others, such as Amour, Life of Pi, Les Miserables and Brooklyn have particular ethnicities. Until Hollywood starts making more movies like Selma and 12 Years a Slave, that trend will likely stay white dominated.

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