It’s been a while since I’ve reached out to you all with a letter. The end of 2014 left a lot to be desired in the world of pop culture.
2015 is off to a roaring start as awards season has officially kicked off. We’ve already had the Golden Globes, which were fabulously hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and soon the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be given out. Awards season is my Super Bowl.
This week though it was another award show that caused quite a bit of controversy with its nominations. The Oscar nominations were released this past Thursday, revealing quite a lot of surprises to those who were watching them live.
For starters, the Clint Eastwood-helmed drama American Sniper, came out of nowhere and snagged a sizable amount of nominations, much to the surprise of many. The film was virtually ignored everywhere else and wasn’t even a blip on the Oscar radar but walked away with a lot of nominations on Thursday morning.
That wasn’t even the biggest surprise of the morning though; the lack of diversity amongst nominees was. For the first time since the 1998 Oscars, all the nominees in acting are white. That’s right; not a single minority was nominated, even though there were a slew of exceptional performances by minorities to choose from.
I for one was shocked that David Oyelowo did not receive a nomination for his powerful performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the critically acclaimed film Selma. Luckily, the film scored nods for Best Original Song and Best Picture but that didn’t lessen the sting felt around the world. In fact, the biopic got hit twice by Oscar snubs as its female director, Ana DuVernay, was left out of contention in the Best Director category.
I sincerely hope that the Academy does not continue to backslide with its lack of diversity in the years to come as it did take a huge step back considering last year’s nominations and wins were quite diverse.
Until next time,
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