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Everything You Need To Know About the #OscarsSoWhite Controversy

Everything You Need To Know About the #OscarsSoWhite Controversy

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    Feb 19, 2016   Author : admin

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With the awards season on at full force, we are still waiting for the biggest event of the year to happen at the end of this month. That’s right, the Oscars are right around the corner but what’s causing an even greater stir this year than Leo’s probability of bagging the golden statue is the diversity issue around the nominations list. A lot of stars have vehemently expressed their displeasure about total absence of actors of color in the major categories which is a cause of concern in this year’s events circuit. 

The first one to raise a red flag was actress Jada Pinkett Smith who took to twitter right after the nominations lists were announced. 

She and her husband Will Smith, who failed to earn a nomination for his acclaimed film “Concussion”, were also the first ones to announce that they would be boycotting this year’s event entirely despite being invited. 



Sadly, this isn’t the first time the Academy Awards have been under the spotlight for this kind of a controversy as last year’s list also had been similarly devoid of names of acclaimed actors of color. 

Some of the A-list celebrities who have spoken up on the issue include Mark Ruffalo, George Clooney, Michael Caine, Lupita Nyong’o, Matt Damon, and Lena Dunham, with Steven Spielberg being most recent celebrity to express his shock over Idris Elba’s nomination exclusion in his latest in his latest interview on Hollywood Reporter’s podcast. However, the director did point out how the Oscars didn’t seem to be inherently racist in their approach by adding, “You have to look back a couple of years where Lupita [Nyong’o] was recognized for 12 Years a Slave [and] 12 Years a Slave won best picture, you know? I don’t believe that there is inherent or dormant racism because of the amount of white Academy members.”

The lack of diversity has been a pressing concern in Hollywood and this recent backlash about the all-white Oscars has just taken matters to the next level. The diversity conversations seemed to be on everybody’s mind and the theme this awards season. Luckily, other notable awards have been refreshingly diverse this year including Grammy’s and the BAFTAs. 

BAFTAs celebrated diversity in its own way with actor Sacha Baron Cohen adding a little about the issue in his presenter’s speech by saying, “The main reason I agreed to present at this awards ceremony is because BAFTA has shown none of the discrimination and prejudice that is so shamefully on display at the Oscars. It gives me great pride that each year BAFTA makes sure at least one of the nominees for best actress is a Dame.” He continued, “And the nominees for best white actress are …”

But it was Rebel Wilson who won it all with her sarcastic speech about the “all-white” award ceremonies.



The speculations wheels are spinning of what will actually down at the Oscars this year. Will you be watching?

The 88th Academy Awards takes place on February 28th.

Images: MYC Writer: Soma Dutta

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