Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What Would Have Made The Academy Awards Less #OscarsSoWhite?

(By Richard Goodman, 09 February 2016)

Since the Academy Awards are just around the corner, that means #OscarsSoWhite will soon start trending heavily again.  I think the lack of diversity at the Awards is more an issue of a flawed movie making system (http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/oscar-nominations-2016-diversity-white-1201674903/ ) than it is of the Oscars voting process but just to confirm, or rebuke, this theory, let’s see if we can come up with some non-white movies/actors/directors/writers that were realistically viable nominees that the Academy should have nominated for an Oscar.  (And just so we are playing by the same rules those voters are supposed to follow, please only nominate a movie you have actually seen.)

Director: Ryan Coogler (Creed)

Actor: Michael B. Jordan (Creed)

Actor: Idris Elba (Beasts Of No Nation)

Director: Cary Fukunaga (Beasts Of No Nation)

Actor: Will Smith (Concussion) Since I didn’t see this one though,  I shouldn’t nominate it regardless of how deserving I THINK it might be.

Movie: Straight Outta Compton

Director: F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton)

Actor: Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)  I didn’t see this one either so I can’t vote for it.

Actor: Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight)

Am I missing any other viable candidates?  Are there other movies you've seen that should have been nominated and were likely to have been seen by Oscar voters?

Who would you remove from the actual nominees in order to make room for some of these choices?

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