#OscarsSoWhite2020 Part Deux
Written by Afterparty South on 14 January 2020
Another awards season, another “Oscars So White” controversy. Are we really all that surprised? Even though 2019 so a huge pool of people of color in starring roles in critically acclaimed and box office successes, the snubs of these deserving women and people of color, especially in the major categories, was a major insult. In fact, only one black woman was nominated and that was Cynthia Erivo for “Harriet.” Deserving actors like Eddie Murphy, Lupita Nyong’o, Jamie Foxx, Alfre Woodard, Awkwafina and Jennifer Lopez were left out of the loop despite being strong contenders. Once again, #OscarsSoWhite started trending just like it did a few short years ago.
After the first outrage, the Academy tried to (or at least made the appearance) of making inroads to being more inclusive with the body doubling its minority representation from 8% to 16% from 2015 to 2019. But this year throws all of that “hard work” out the window.
Again, the question is why are minorities and women left out like their contributions are less than their white and male counterparts? Sadly, this seems to be the norm, and the Academy as it stands doesn’t seem like it’s going to change its tune any time soon. Even with all the talk of inclusivity and diversity, it seems to be just that, talk.
Chime in: Are you tuning into this year’s Oscars? Is it a big deal? Is it just Hollywood being Hollywood? Does it even matter? #TellUsHowYouReallyFeel