As the Hollywood favorite “La La Land” continues to dominate the award season, it came to no surprise as the film brought in 14 nominations. But one major aspect to celebrate is the rise in diversity in the nominees. After receiving harsh criticism with #OscarsSoWhite last year, the Academy made major strides to diversify.
The movie industry’s most anticipated night of the year was just as glitzy and glamorous as expected with Hollywood’s biggest stars gracing the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Last night, Leo finally got his beloved Oscar, the Girl Scouts sold over $65,000 worth of their signature cookies, and second-time host Chris Rock (unsurprisingly) roasted Hollywood. Hard.
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The Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD) is the first of its kind and another major blow against Hollywood representation. As the most exhaustive analysis of film and television representation released today by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, it portrays a sobering statistic of the entertainment industry’s gross lack of inclusion, no matter the media platform, from CEOs to minor characters.
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There is no doubt that African American actors have been getting the shorter end of the stick when it comes to the Oscars. Unfortunately, this is also the case for Latino, Asian and Native American actors as well. Only five Latino actors have ever won an Oscar. Only one Asian woman has ever won an acting Oscar. Click here to read more.
Lots has been said in regards to the lack of diversity issue with the Oscars. However, Spike Lee thinks that people are looking at it the wrong way. “We’re chasing a guy down the field when he doesn’t even have the ball,” Lee said using a football analogy. Lee feels the attention should be focused on the powers that be who green light projects. Click here to read more.
Sunday’s Academy Awards show enlisted the most diverse group of performers and presenters in Oscars history, as 15 minority presenters, including Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart and Oprah Winfrey, took the stage to deliver the evening’s awards. However, the absence of any minority group nominees in the acting categories, for only the second time since 1998, shows that the film industry is not reflective of American society. Click here to read more.
If there were ever any doubts that white feminists are disengaged from and apathetic to the concurrent racism that Black feminists must navigate in an increasingly hipster and kyriarchal society, look no further than their deafening silence when satirical website, The Onion, called 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis a “cunt” on Twitter. Read More
“Bless Me, Ultima” earns positive reviews, while icon Lupe Ontiveros gets ignored by the Academy: It was a mixed weekend for Latinos who follow the movies. And there are lots of us: U.S. Latinos represented 18% of the Read More
Last night the controversial film Django Unchained won an Oscar and there are many people that are probably offended. In this clip we get to hear from Tarantino about his win as he touches on the film’s impact globally as well as making a film to get intelligent discussions going in America about the time period of slavery. Hit the jump to watch. Read More