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I am going to keep this short and sweet.
Tis the season too be jolly! Of course I am not talking about Christmas, but a cinephile’s christmas: Oscar season. As my friends and I begin our anticipation for the annual event, arguing over who will win, be snubbed, etc, I tend to ignore news following predictions and Oscar coverage, as to not be influenced by other people’s perdictions. However, the 2016 Oscars have proved to be controversial before the night is upon us.
After the Oscar nominations were announced, I followed the rampage on twitter as for a second year in a row, no minority actors or actresses were nominated for their roles, begining a boycott by Jadet-Pinkett Smith, and started the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
I have mixed feelings about this issue, however. I believe that the nominations, and eventual winners, should be granted the award for their exceptionality in their role, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. but this year in particular, I do feel several African-American actors were snubbed in nominations. First, Michael B. Jordan’s role as Creed in Creed was fantastic and far better than at least Eddie Redmayne in the Danish Girl. Will Smith also was snubbed for his fantastic performace in the subpar Concussion, which surprised me.
In other words, I can understand the outcry of people everywhere, calling foul on the Academy for being biased. And while I stand in the middle, agreeing with points on both sides, we all must keep a balanced head and a level perspective. I believe the Academy should try harder to diversify the Oscars, but should not nominate average acting, merely on their race.
I hope we all can move past this era of trouble and look towards a bright future.
P.S. Side note, but I find it ironic that in the year Leonardo DiCaprio has all but finally secured that elusive best actor award, the entire event is shrouded in controversy. But hey it was probably that vaping that he does now. 😉