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Daily Archives: February 5th, 2016


The media has been hot with the Oscars and the lack of diversity in the selection of candidates behind and in front of the cameras. Unfortunately this issue has been around a long time. Going back to the Oscars after the release of “Gone With The Wind”  when Hattie McDaniel won for best supporting actor (a first for an African American actor in any movie), however she was told to what to say and then essentially get off of the stage. Now there have been many African American  and other ethnic actors who have been nominated and won Oscars but recent events seem to point out that the nominations have been pretty “white”. The issue is with the lack of diversity in the nominations not so much the awards.  This is the issue, the lack of recognition at all.  Being nominated is a recognition of cinematic achievement  as much as winning. Any boycott or lack of attendance may not solve the issue immediately but it has served to focus attention on the issue. Several actors have been approached about this and all have issued opinions which ultimately addressed the issue in several ways ranging from dismissal to agreement. The last word on this has yet to be heard however  the general consensus appears to be that the nomination board need to take a broader view of the industry in its selection process. After all America and the larger world is ethnically and racially diverse in spite of the makeup of their personal circles.

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