Oscars 2016: No White Oscars This Year

Posted: Jan 6 2016, 9:34am CST | by , in Latest Movie News


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Oscars 2016: No White Oscars This Year

The Academy faces the dilemma of a majority white nominations and winners and tries to be more representative for all races, color and creed.

‘Tonight we celebrate Hollywood’s best and whitest, sorry…brightest’ the pun that garnered few halfhearted laughs from the crowd last year followed by the comment ‘Sure now you like him’ as the crowd applauded him.

Although they might be puns but they rang with the truth and as a representative of the LGBT community, Neil knows discrimination and knows when and how to address it.

It is a very big struggle that the Academy of Motion Picture and Science is being faced with for the past few years. Especially last year when most of the nominees and then winners were all white people.

According to HuffingtonPost, the Academy voting members faced a lot of bad press and criticism regarding their votes and were shamed. They faced a major image crisis for not being representative of the movie goers who make the movies matter every year.

The Academy tried to make amendments by appointing an African American chairman but one appointment will not break the trend of the old white men club voting for white actors and actresses.

The Academy is urging more people from other races to apply for Oscar membership. They are also urging for equal representation of all ethnicities by encouraging independents and film featuring other ethnicities to step up and take charge to be in contention.

The African American community enjoyed a little attention at the beginning of this century. Denzel Washington and Halle Berry won the Best Actor and Actress awards at the Oscars in 2002 and majority nominations were for African Americans in 2005.

This trend seemed to have declined overtime as the Academy members have divulged once more into voting for all white ensembles from on and behind the camera.

This year Tangerine, Beasts of No Nation, Hateful Eight and Straight Outta Compton present opportunities for voters to break the all-white stereotype and award a deserving candidate.

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