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Oscar snubs: Rev. Al Sharpton calls for action

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The disgust over the Oscars continued lack of diversity continues.

On Friday, Jan. 16, Rev. Al Sharpton had a few choice words for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over the long list of Oscar nominee snubs. In fact, the Los Angeles chapter of his National Action Network is calling for a boycott of the upcoming awards show.

“Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets,” Sharpton said in a statement, “and this year’s Academy Awards will be yet another Rocky Mountain Oscars. Yet again, deserving black actors and directors were ignored by the academy — which reinforces the fact that there are few, if any, Blacks with real power in Hollywood. Being left out of awards consideration is about more than just recognition for a job well done; winning an Oscar has long-lasting cultural and economic impacts.”

In case you’ve been living under a rock, for the second consecutive year, all 20 acting nominees are White. In the directing category, there is only one person of color, Alejandro G. Iñárritu. As for best picture, films featuring predominantly Black casts like Creed or Straight Outta Compton were kept out of the running as well. Before that, 2011 was the last time all of the acting contenders were White and then again in 1998.

For the second year in a row, social media retaliated in their own way by launching the now popular hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Meanwhile, NAN L.A. (National Action Network) is urging a nationwide “TV tune-out” of the Oscars show, which is to air live on ABC at 7 p.m. ET as well as in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

“The lack of African Americans and women excluded from the major categories of Oscar nominees is appalling,” said Najee Ali, NAN L.A.’s political director, in a statement. True — but is a boycott enough? Better yet, is it the right route to take? Sharpton’s statement added that NAN will be gathering at a Hollywood summit next month “to bring light to those studios and others in the film industry who aren’t living up to their obligations. We will not sit idly by and allow our community to be disregarded.” The Academy has not yet responded.

What are your thoughts on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continued lack of diversity and the route we should take to respond? Sound off in the comment section below.



4 Comments

  1. Nigg_Newton on January 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Get over the OSCARS. You are not going to win! Hollywood has a permanent ban on BLACKS and OSCARS.

  2. Tamir Sharif on January 16, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Uhh, the Oscar nominees for 2011 movies weren’t all white (or even 2010), see below.

    Even though this is the second year in a row of no black acting nominees, we should be patient and keep striving for excellence. Compared to 30-40 years ago, things have changed, but not fast enough.

    Seriously, lets recap the past minority nominees/winners of the last 20 years. List includes the year in which the nominees’ movies were released, Oscar night is February/March of the next year.

    2015 movies – all white
    2014 movies – all white
    2013 movies – Chiwetel Ejiofor, Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o (winner)
    2012 – Denzel Washington, Quvenzhané Wallis
    2011 – Demián Bichir, Viola Davis, Berenice Bejo, Octavia Spencer (winner)
    2010 – Javier Bardem
    2009 – Morgan Freeman, Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique (winner), Geoffrey Fletcher (First African American to win a Best Screenplay Oscar (Original or Adapted).
    2008 – Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Penelope Cruz (winner)
    2007 – Ruby Dee, Javier Bardem (winner)
    2006 – Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Djimon Hounsou, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barraza, Jennifer Hudson (winner), Forest Whitaker (winner)
    2005 – Terrance Howard
    2004 – Morgan Freeman (winner), Catalina Sandino Moreno, Sophie Okonedo, Don Cheadle, Jamie Foxx (won for “Ray”, nominated for “Collateral”)
    2003 – Keisha-Castle Hughes, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, Ken Watanabe, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    2002 – Salma Hayek, Queen Latifah
    2001 – Will Smith, Denzel Washington (winner), Halle Berry (winner)
    2000 – Javier Bardem, Benicio del Toro (winner)
    1999 – Denzel Washington, Michael Clarke Duncan
    1998 – Fernanda Montenegro
    1997 – all white
    1996 – Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Cuba Gooding Jr (winner)

  3. JootJoint on January 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Rev Al, I am down on snubbing the Oscars!

  4. guest on January 21, 2016 at 4:18 am

    ZZzzzz. . .