Apparently, there’s a bit of a furor over the lack of Academy Award nominations being received by African Americans:
The Oscar acting nominations are typically a reflection, in some part, of the best roles of the year available to actors and actresses, which makes 2015’s lineup troubling. Though the Academy doesn’t reveal a breakdown of its membership, a 2012 report by the Los Angeles Times found that of the nearly 6,000 members, 94% are white, 77% are male and 86% are age 50 or older.
Last year, actress Lupita Nyong’o took home the best supporting actress Oscar for the film 12 Years a Slave, which featured a mostly black cast and also won the best picture statuette. But this year’s Oscar nominees, including the best picture heat, has a decidedly racially homogenous feel, with the exception of Selma, which was nominated for the top prize.
I was outraged when Out of Africa won Best Picture over The Color Purple so it’s nothing new. I guess the same people are voting as voted in 1985.
I can’t help but wonder if the large proportion of British, Canadian, and Australian movie stars in American movies isn’t trying to tell us something?