Like many others, you may have been following the recent headlines about the Oscars. That ugly word racism has reared its head yet again. This time from the highest in celeb land. For the second year running no back actors or actresses have been nominated for the best actor/actress category. This has caused a few ruffled feathers, with Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith calling for a boycott of the Oscars, with the hashtag OscarsSoWhite trending.
Eyebrows were raised when Jada Pinkett Smith released a statement of how she felt about the current complexion issue at the Oscar’s. Many said she was simply projecting her anger since her blockbuster husband Will Smith was not nominated for Concussion. This was met with slander from ex-co star Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) from Fresh Prince who felt no empathy for the Smiths.
With the Smith’s being cemented in Hollywood many felt, they were the only ones who could speak out. Spike Lee, a longstanding boycotter of the Oscar’s, was happy people finally understood what he has been fighting for all these years. Spike Lee directed Jungle Fever, Inside Ma as well as Love and Basketball, and only recently won an Academy Honorary Award. Where does the problem lie with the lack of diversity in Hollywood. Some say from the top, with an all white judging panel, with a black female president Cheryl Boone Isaacs used as a beard. This trickles further down the line, ethnic minorities are simply not given the opportunity for such roles, limiting their prospect of ever being nominated let alone win. Straight Outta Compton (must watch) only received for it’s white writers. With Idris Elba yet to have a nomination within this category many are calling for a change. Idris himself released a statement expressing the lack of diversity in British television, it seems the problem spans the globe.
Many caucasian actors/actresses have come out to give their opinion, the most shocking to date from Charlotte Rampling in which she later retracted her statement, saying she had been misinterpreted. Many well deserved actors have never won an Oscar such as Lenardo Dicaprio (we are rooting for him) this in itself is a travesty.
The real pressure lies on the heavy shoulders of Chris Rock, known for not holding back, this could go one of two ways. So just remember on February 28th as well as best dressed and teary speeches, get ready for political shade and drama, this is not an Oscar to miss.