Oscars Race Row

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So this Oscars thing huh? It’s hard to decide whether it is a genuine concern (for the academy), or great modern-day PR, or both.

I’m sure you must be aware of the fuss and threatened boycotts surrounding the lack of black actor nominations.

Some say there is a lack of diversity in the giving of awards…and of course they are right.

Some say ‘Whadd’ya want, quotas? That would be ridiculous!’…and of course they are right.

But surely with just a minor bit of tweaking backstage it could reflect the people watching and acting in the films more. If the voters were 90% Hispanic I’m guessing the nominations would be an awful lot different this year. If the voters were 90% feminists I’m guessing that Halle Berry could have won her Oscar in an equally good film with her clothes ON…you know…like the majority of male actors who consistently manage to have screen sex with their clothes intact?

I think it is asking a lot for people to see life through every race, gender or disability. How is a rich white, comfortable 70 year old man going to have more of the feels for ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ than a black person?…Or indeed vice versa. How is someone from the hard streets of Compton going to have more feels for a gentle film about middle class white issues than someone with middle class white issues?

Therefore, much like having a jury of one’s peers the voting academy has to come out of the 1950’s and reflect those watching and making the films.

Surely it’s not more complicated than that?

And while they’re at it, throw in some ‘real’ people who have no affiliations to anyone and just love film. And chuck in some folks who aren’t too busy or jaded to actually watch most of the nominated films and therefore just throw their vote to whichever film is buying the most attention in the press.

 

What say you??!!

Have I missed the point?

OR

Have I covered everything?

 

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20 comments

  1. ‘If the voters were 90% feminists I’m guessing that Halle Berry could have won her Oscar in an equally good film with her clothes ON…you know…like the majority of male actors who consistently manage to have screen sex with their clothes intact?’

    Love reading your stuff. 🙂

    Hi, I am Srishti.

  2. It’s not more complicated than that, and while they’re at it, let the actors who are the race being portrayed in the movie actually be of the race being portrayed!
    See, simple is always the best result producer…

    1. Interesting…with all this James Bond and Star Wars chatter, where black actors are said to have taken or potentially about to take traditionally white roles. Can’t think of any (recent examples) from the other way around…any examples?

      1. I wouldn’t think there are as many white actors taking or playing many African-American roles recently, there has been a number of reports, but off the top of my head, Native Americans/Indigenous roles i.e. Johnny Depp, Hispanic, Indig.-Hawaiian ala Emma Stone.

      2. And I don’t know how I managed to mangle my previous reply, but I meant to say, while there aren’t likely specific AA roles being played by ‘white’ actors, there certainly are within other cultures i.e. my examples. Outside of specific cultural-based plots, it really shouldn’t matter which race an actor is.

  3. Yeap you’re right. The voting population is far from diverse which can’t possibly be fair. The problem also stems from top-down, as there needs to be more actors of colour being selected to act and direct films – So that there’s a bigger pool to choose from. Great post!

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