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  • rrekydoc
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    Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. Personally, I think I think it’s unfounded, but I haven’t felt the need to explain until now.

    The Academy doesn’t have a diversity problem.

    Actors being the most widely-recognized recipients, I’ll use them as examples.

    In the past 15 years about 9.7% of acting nominees have been Black, winning 15% of acting awards. That’s including the 0 from this year and last.

    Asian actors make up 2% of total nominees with 0 wins in the past 15 years.

    Hispanic or Latino actors make up about 3.7% of total nominees with about 3% of wins in the past 15 years.

    The most obvious observation one could take from this is that ethnic minorities make up the minority of awards. Hence “Minorities”.

    While these numbers (9.7%, 2%, 3.7%) are noticably below the U.S. populations (13.2%, 5.4%, 17.4%, respectively), they do strongly correspond with these numbers – 10.3%, 5%, 3.9%.

    The last set is of the numbers found in a five-year study representing speaking characters in top-grossing films of 2010, sorted by ethnicity.

    That means, considering the innate margin of error, a film actor of Black, Asian, or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity has as much chance to be nominated for an Academy Award as their Caucasian counterparts.

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    Well, A) the problem is with the industry as a whole, yes.
    B) While 10%=10% and 4%=4%, 2% does not =5%. Still a bias against Asians even with those numbers.  And I would say it’s more like 1.7% not 2%.

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    manakamana
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    Why have the past two years been 100% white? That’s not what the demos suggest at all. Furthermore, doesn’t more diversity make your industry more robust? Why else is American television more interesting than American filmmaking? 

    And why were this year’s nominees both all-white and yet so lazy and uninspired? There were more than enough worthy performances to choose from. Off the top of my head:
    Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)
    Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) 
    Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) 
    Oscar Isaac (Ex-Machina) 
    Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
    Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight)
    Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)
    Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq) 
    Mya Taylor (Tangerine)
    Tessa Thompson (Creed)
    Karidja Toure (Girlhood)
     

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    sylviablushes
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    Agree with original post. Also, you can take any given year and compose a list of people you felt should have been nominated. There’s nothing that can be done now and it’s getting to the point where the work of the actual actors and actresses nominated is being diminished. Hopefully next year, there can be more diversity but complaining about it and boycotting the Oscars just now all of the sudden isn’t going to accomplish anything. It needs to be a year-round discussion, not just when the noms come out. 

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    PJ Edwards
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    People cannot be marginalized into simple numbers. Especially when discussing minority groups.

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    Bradley Weir
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    What
    really irritates me is that some actors who were absolutely not in the
    conversation are now deemed “snubs” just because of their colour.

    The
    problem lies with the industry, not the Academy. And it’s ridiculous to
    call this year “steps backwards” considering the amount of women nominated in various categories such as writing and film editing. Why has the feminist issue suddenly been deemed as irrelevant?

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    AMG
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    Why have the past two years been 100% white? That’s not what the demos suggest at all. Furthermore, doesn’t more diversity make your industry more robust? Why else is American television more interesting than American filmmaking? 

    And why were this year’s nominees both all-white and yet so lazy and uninspired? There were more than enough worthy performances to choose from. Off the top of my head:
    Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)
    Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) 
    Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) 
    Oscar Isaac (Ex-Machina) 
    Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
    Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight)
    Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)
    Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq) 
    Mya Taylor (Tangerine)
    Tessa Thompson (Creed)
    Karidja Toure (Girlhood)
     

    Yes, but only two of those stood any sort of chance of a nomination.

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    FilmGuy619
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    There were some tremendous performances by talent of color last year. But it’s not like voters can take a list of eligible films and performers and pluck them out of a hat. That’s not the way it works. It is the studios that persuade them on what to vote for and most of the films in which the different voting bodies checked off were white-dominated. I understand that diversity amongst the Oscars is important. But people can’t just magically expect talent of color to get recognized just because they were so great. In Hollywood, having talent isn’t enough. You have to play the game and campaign for the work. This doesn’t just apply to minorities, but whites as well. 

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    ankehuber
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    This doesn’t just apply to minorities, but whites as well. 

    i totally agree, there are white movie legends like Lauren Bacall, Charlotte Rampling who waited nearly 50 years to get their 1st and only acting nomination, so we can’t always say academy members are racist, homophobic or sexist !… everybody in this industry has to do his proofs !

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    All-Seeing Eye
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    #212273

    Why did open this? I need this white apologist bullshit off my screen now. When you actually consider your stats, only one non-white lead actresss winner, multiple years of white nominees, and quality of roles, you’ll see that your post is garbage.

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    K-Hole
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    I would give credence to the argument that the Academy has a diversity problem if it had snubbed 12 Years a Slave, but the film won best picture and rightly so. I consider it the antidote to Gone With the Wind, which truly is a racist film and a previous best picture winner that is a primary example of Hollywood’s complicity with the whitewashing of America’s racist past.

    There simply were no films like 12 Years a Slave in terms of quality and importance this year. It would be insulting and unfair to nominate an undeserving film just to avoid the appearance of lack of diversity.

    BTW, I am still waiting for a gay-themed movie to win best picture. Guess I’ll be waiting a long long time. In the meanwhile, spare me the whining of overprivileged black actors and filmmakers who think there should be a racial quota at the Oscars. 

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    SupaDupa Fly
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    ^^^ Overprivileged black actors and filmmakers? In another life, maybe? LMFAO! I just can’t deal. Ha!

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    DamianWayne
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    The 12YAS argument is so weak. It’s the “I have a black friend”/”America isn’t racist, it voted for a black president” excuse. Spare me!!

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