Full disclosure, I have only seen one of the movies nominated in any category for an Oscar this year (the Hobbit, the battle of five armies which is up an Oscar for sound editing) as for the rest, I do not plan to see any of the movies nominated for anything until they come to free cable & even then only a few of them (the Imitation game, Into the woods & maybe the Judge) have any interest to me.
Never the less the fuss that’s going on concerning the nominations for the Oscars has been incredibly amusing to me particularly this statement:
Responding for the first time to the firestorm of criticism over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy’s push to be more inclusive. She also hopes the film industry as a whole will continue to strive for greater diversity.
The first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spoke out Friday night in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press about the Oscar nominations and the widespread criticism that followed
I note that nowhere in the statement is there any reference to the quality of the performances or which of the current nominees didn’t not earn the nomination that they received but I digress.
Now the logical solution is to decree that at least one actor of “color” be nominated in every category, sort of what Nancy Pelosi did by creating an token leadership position rather than risking a backlash by removing demoting the junior member of leadership as normally done since said member was part of the congressional black caucus.
Of course would taint any such nominee as a “token” regardless on the quality of their work.
This entire fiasco is an existential crisis for the liberals in Hollywood but it’s even worse than they imagine, because they haven’t thought it out, it’s not just a question of locking out black actors & actresses.
Were there a sufficient number of openly gay actors nominated? Openly lesbian actress nominated? Transgendered men and or women and or others?
I’m shocked this question isn’t being asked. How can the liberals in Hollywood & the studios in Hollywood live with themselves knowing that there is not a single transgendered lesbian living in a polyamorous relationship nominated in any category?
So perhaps we need a separate category for every single group to make sure that all who claim victimhood has their nominee. Or perhaps we need some new categories, after all it’s not fair that ONLY one black or hispanic or transgender be nominated. Perhaps we need best performance by an actor of color, best supporting performance by a transgender, best direction by a lesbian biracial director in an animated short film critiqued by the heteronormative patriarchal society etc etc etc.
And it goes without saying of course that if you oppose such categories you must be defination be a racist sexiest bigot homophobe transphobe to the nth degree, or even something worse like a believing Catholic or a republican.
Yes these would all be separate categories but if the academy creates and recognizes them the Oscar they win would be of equal value and isn’t equality of result what diversity is really all about?
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