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  • jordandepaola
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    I am here posting a forum on the Image
    Awards. This is post is a result of the uproar of the lack of diversity at the
    Academy Awards. My perspective is that there is a lack of diversity in many
    awards shows. The Image awards are handed out every year and it is always mainly
    (predominantly black). But the Image Awards are there to honor MINORITIES for their
    work in the entertainment industry not just black people. No one seems to
    realize or care that diversity is not binary (Black and White) it is an
    eclectic mix of cultures, races, ethnic backgrounds, etc.


     


    Jada Pinkett Smith seems to be very
    upset about the lack of diversity at the Oscars. But it seems people are only
    getting upset about the lack of black actors not nominated. (By big question is
    would she have cared if Will Smith was the only black actor nominated??)
    Boycotting the Oscars is ludicrous in my mind. There are other ways to get the
    point across without trying to ruin some artists big night, some of which will
    not have this opportunity again. But in my mind people need to realize what
    diversity is and what it is not. Diversity is not defined in binary terms of
    black and white. It is not 50% Black and 50% white. People also need to
    remember that 63% of the world’s population is white (US Census). Diversity is
    defined as the state of having people of MANY different forms of race, ethnic
    background, and color. What is Jada Pinkett Smith really trying to do?


     


    I remember interviews on nomination
    morning stating there are no black actors nominated. They then went on to state
    a severe lack of diversity. Wait WHAT! Diversity is NOT having black people and
    white people. What about the Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, Indians, etc.
    Seriously, Black People are not the only minorities out there. There is a
    severe lack of roles of complexity for a lot of people. There are more roles
    out there for black people than any other minority. When there is a larger
    percentage of Latinos in the world than Black people.


     


    Benicio Del Toro was NOT nominated for
    his brilliant performance in “Sicario.” He is obviously a minority.
    He is Puerto Rican but there was no uproar about that. There never really is we
    need to fight for ALL minorities to have equal opportunity and equal pay.


     


    I watch a lot of movies every year. I am
    always on Goldderby looking at everything. I will admit after watching many,
    many movies this year there were some snubs this year. Abraham Attah, Idris
    Elba, Michael B Jordan, Ryan Coolger(CREED), Benicio Del Toro were among my top
    snubs. I did not think Straight Outta Compton or Will Smith were worthy of a
    nomination.
      But people only seem to care
    about the lack of black people not nominated but there like I said many other
    minorities who get even less recognition.


     


    Having more Black people in the Academy
    does not mean that will fix the problem. I think having a more mixed bag of
    members of the Academy who are truly worthy to unbiased decision the Oscar
    nominations. I mean honestly award shows are extremely arbitrary already. They
    should start the entire Academy membership all over again. Start from scratch


     


    I am just speaking my mind. Please do
    give your opinion or perspective.


     


    I WANT JADA PINKETT SMITH to READ THIS.


     


     


     


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    sylviablushes
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    I completely agree with your post and think it is very well thought out! Diversity is also about other races, such as Latinos and Asians, who are severely under represented at many awards shows yet they don’t complain or cry racism. Nobody even attempts to take on the fight for Latino and Asian equality in Hollwood, but everybody is supposed to pay attention and jump on board when Will Smith isn’t nominated for an underwhelming performance. There’s a really great infographic on the economist.com which points out how racially skewed the Oscars are (google it). It explains how both white and black actors are represented perfectly in accordance with the amount of white and black citizens in America whereas other races are not. 

    As for the people you say were snubbed, I agree with some of them (Benicio del Toro, Idris Elba, Ryan Coogler) while others I feel have clear reasons against their chances of being nominated: Abraham Attah (the Academy hates child actors, especially boys), Michael B. Jordan (was great here and has proven himself with Fruitvale Station BUT is very young and Creed unwittingly ended up being more about Stallone in the end), and though I like Elba, it wasn’t my favorite supporting performance like del Toro or Jacob Tremblay. Plus, I don’t even like the whole Netflix at the Oscars thing. I understand they began with orginial tv programming and have since amassed Emmy wins, so why aren’t their movies treated like TV movies? But that’s besides the point and just a personal issue I have with Netflix and isn’t Elba’s fault.

    ((Also agree that Straight Outta Compton was that worthy either and I’m tired of hearing how much it made at the box office because since when has that ever mattered at the Oscars or any award show?? And also hate how people are mad the white writers were nominated. Would you rather not have the movie recognized at all?? Not to mention it’s rude to diminish their talent and efforts they put into mkaing it AND they are the exact kind of people, you’re calling for there to be more of! White writers writing a movie with a predominantly black cast so why criticize their nominations?!))

    Ultimately, the Academy is going to have to broaden their membership while still preserving its actors/directors/producers’ quailty of work. I also don’t think a boycott will solve anything and those already with status and power, like Jada Pinkett and Will Smith and Spike Lee, should not ask actors with lesser prestige to join the boycott and jeopardize their careers in a town that can so easily turn on someone. If it’s such a problem to these people, they should have been talking about it since the announcement of last year’s noms and not stopped until they have real solutions, not just crying when your husband isn’t nominated (who shouldn’t have even gotten a nod in 2006). 

    At the end of the day, this whole situation is blown way out of proportion and really isn’t that deep. There are greater problems in the world involving minorities, like police profiling and shooting black youth, Chinese parents faced with giving their children to orphanages due to the country’s poor social structure, Latinos and Muslim-Americans being directly targeted with racist remarks from the GOP frontrunner, Native Americans are continually denied the recognition and oppurtunity they deserve because of a perverted perspective of the country’s history. I wish these millionaire celebrities concerned with some superficial awards show, that quite frankly aren’t THAT prestigious or credible anymore anyway, would put all their time and energy and positions of power to fight for these issues in America and around the world that actually matter. 

    I’m really not looking to fight with anyone on here, just responding to original post and saying what’s been on my mind since all this started. We’re all entitled to our opinions but if you’d like to discuss it nicely, no problem.

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    Tonbone
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    I care about diversity of gender identities and sexualities. I’m a bit irked that The Danish Girl didn’t get more nominations. I am also irked that again no women were nominated for directing or writing. Almost every year they nominate at least one hit comedy in the original screenplay category and they could have nominated Amy Schumer there for Trainwreck there to show they like her or another woman. However it is good that three of the best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Mad Max, Room) are told from a woman’s perspective.

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    Rooney Moore
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    Room is being told from a woman’s perspective the way Boyhood was being told from Arquette’s character’s perspective.
    Strangely, everyone automatically assumes so, just because Larson is the frontrunner of Best Actress.

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    Mladen Vukcevic
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    I am not irked because there were no “diverse” nominations, I am irked because there is no diversity in the movies. 

    Again,  we are barking up the wrong tree. Nominations are the consequence. We should go straight to the cause.

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    Baby Clyde
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    Whilst I agree wholeheartedly with the OP there is no way 63% of the worlds population is white. Africa and Asia make up around 75% of people in the world. US and Europe less than 20%.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_world#Population_distribution

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    kvothe_snow
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    Why do we need to diversify the Oscars but not NBA or NFL? All are skill-based organizations.

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    PJ Edwards
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    NBA and NFL are already diverse. I assume you’ve heard of Larry Bird and Peyton Manning. In fact NFL does have diversity problem. Before Cam Newton and Russell Wilson, Black QBs were not thought of as highly as their white counterparts. And then there is the head coaches and front office which is very much white dominated, so much so that they had to institute the Rooney Rule just so Black candidates could get in the room for an interview.

    How does this relate to Oscars? Well it’s tough enough to get in a room to audition for a role when every role is already earmarked for a white person. And that goes for everyone, not just black. There isn’t enough of a diverse set of roles to equate with the diverse people currently living in US. I mean does every “Everyman 20 something” have to go to a white guy? Couldn’t it be easily played by an Asian woman? You see it on TV all the time but movies are behind in that respect.

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