Academy Awards: Racial Activists And Actors Call To Boycott This Year’s Oscars

Posted: Jan 20 2016, 9:15am CST | by , Updated: Jan 20 2016, 9:17am CST, in News | Latest Movie News


Academy Awards: Racial Activists and Actors Call to Boycott this Year’s Oscars
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  • Racial Activists and Actors Call to Boycott this Year’s Oscars

The racial activists and minority actors and performers criticize the lack of diversity among the nomination and call for a boycott of the ceremony.

This year’s Oscars nominations have already created an argument among the flanks of actors of color. Last year, the Oscars nominated all-white actors in the best actor, actress, supporting actor and actress categories.

When the issue was raised last year, the Academy promised that it would work on the issue and make sure that the next year, there will be racial diversity in the nominations.

For a year; all the activists, actors and fans held their breath as some amazing movies including Straight Outta Compton, Beasts of No Nation, Creed, Concussion, Tangerine and other movies featuring colored actors hit the theatres.

The movies gathered great critical acclaim and best review. The movies were sure to nab some Oscar nominations this year. That all changed when the nominations were announced last week on 14th January.

The five main categories of Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Movie all went to all white people.

There was no person of color or movie featuring colored actors nominated for this year’s Oscars. That is 40 slots without a single person in the nominations from the race that makes up 40 percent of ticket sales.

Spike Lee, although he received an honorary Oscar for his services to Hollywood at the Governor’s Awards, announced that he and his wife will not be attending the Oscars this year due to lack of racial diversity.

Soon after the nominations were announced the #OscarsSoWhite trend caught on. Jada Pinkett Smith also criticized the Academy member for shutting out the Oscars to the coloured actors.

Cheryl Boone Issacs, the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science had already released a statement and the Academy is considering the issue of racial diversity by reconsidering its membership. 

The civil rights activist and Baptist minister Al Sharpton shared his plans against the Academy this year. According to the activist, the time to talk with the academy is long gone.

They talked about doing something last year and they did nothing. This year’s nominations are the evidence of that. Sharpton said that they will be busy over the next two days in conference and get other influencers on board. 

He said that starting with civil rights leaders and activists and ministers, workers in the Latino community and those who work in the progressive white community and people on radio who can influence masses of people, are all being contacted for the purpose of this movement.

Sharpton already has a roster full of supporters including Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson, L.A. National Action Network president Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of Project Islamic Hope Najee Ali, Weller Street Baptist Church, Compton NAACP and other civil rights leaders.

Jada Pinkett Smith has already announced that she will not be attending the Oscars this year and she has urged other actors to do the same. George Clooney and Idris Elba have also addressed the issue. 

Sharpton’s strategy this year include a TV blackout of the Oscar-cast. According to Sharpton, they don’t have to go out on the streets and wave banners and pickets and shout for their rights.

They just have to turn down the dial so low that Nielsen recorder would actually give the advertisers a shock. Sharpton reckons that when the advertisers will see all that such a wide demographic of their consumer market is turning down the show, how they would feel. 

According to Sharpton, the Academy need to start treating the colored actors and actresses the respect that they rightly deserved. It is hard to understand how in 40 slots there was not one single nomination for a coloured actor.

According to THR, Sharpton hopes to make a statement with their Oscar Boycott on 28th February which will be hosted by Chris Rock.

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