I was just lately reviewing my oscar nominations prediction page and found out that there is strong possibility that there maybe an acting nominee in every category that is black. The most in the history is three that happened 4 times (2001, 2004, 2006 & 2009). But this year we may have 4 happen. Here are the contenders:
BEST ACTOR Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained Morgan Freeman, The Magic of Belle Isle Denzel Washington, Flight
BEST ACTRESS Viola Davis,Won't Back Down Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Kerry Washington, Django Unchained
Honestly I'm so tired of this "black actors and their Oscars" talk. Isn't an actor should get an Oscar nomination based on his/her work? Sometimes I feel that some of you doesn't think that it matters, just want to see another black performer with an Oscar. And really, what about the asian or the hispanic people? You all bitching about that the poor black community doesn't have many Oscars (even when lately they won a lot), but what about them? They barely have any acting Oscar...
This whole statement is A MESS! Considering the lack of recognition African-Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities have had at the Academy Awards, you would think people WOULD want to see a person of color win every year. I'm surprised comments like this don't get people banned to be honest. SMH.
Shouldn't oscars be given to the performance and not solely on the color of skin a person has???
Yes. Sometimes, the best of the best [in the category] wins, and they just happen to be black: - Denzel Washington, Glory - Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost - Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls - Mo'Nique, Precious
And sometimes they win, when they weren't the best, and they just happen to be black: - Denzel Washington, Training Day - Halle Berry, Monster's Ball - Forest Whitaker*, The Last King of Scotland - Octavia Spencer, The Help
Sometimes, they're the best of the best in their category and they lose, and they just happen to be black: - Angela Bassett, What's Love Got To Do with It - Viola Davis, Doubt
And lets not forget when a performer is the best of the best, doesn't even get nominated, and he (or she) just happens to be black: - Samuel L. Jackson, A Time to Kill
*For what it's worth, I would have been fine with Forest Whitaker winning for The Last King of Scotland had he been rightfully placed in Supporting (James McAvoy was the sole lead). I would have been fine with Viola Davis winning for The Help had she rightfully been placed in Supporting (Emma Stone was the sole lead).
I don't think skin-color has much to do with it. Just sometimes they get it right, and sometimes they get it wrong. And I have to admit, the Oscars, Tonys, and Grammys are all very diverse when it comes to their nominations. I don't feel that way with the Emmys, where not only are they not that diverse but their a bit ageist (the younger you are, the less likely you are to be nominated, and most especially win).
With the exception of Wallis, I honestly don't see any of those people getting in.
I think you're underestimating some of them, especially Denzel Washington for 'Flight'. I definitely think he's a contender. Supporting Actor is a little more iffy, and I hear Kerry Washington's role in 'Django Unchained' is a fairly small one, but I guess we'll see.
As someone of mixed race I really couldn't care less about whether an actor of color gets an Oscar nod or not. My main concern is the shitty state of American ethnic filmmaking. For a number of reasons we're not seeing the diversity behind the camera. And the ones that do make it are quick to sell out or have very little talent to sell out with.
BEST ACTOR Jamie Foxx, 'Django Unchained' (early buzz is there, needs make good on it) Morgan Freeman, 'The Magic of Belle Isle' (not likely, next to no buzz) Denzel Washington, 'Flight' (the buzz is already growing after the trailer dropped)
BEST ACTRESS Viola Davis, 'Won't Back Down' (still has heat after losing to Streep, but will need strong reviews) Quvenzhane Wallis, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (massive buzz and reviews to back it, just needs to sustain it) Halle Berry, 'Cloud Atlas' (not Oscar's typical cup of tea being in a sci-fi film and all, but she'll get to play different characters of various ages and races in an ambitious adaptation of a popular novel)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Dwight Henry, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (strong buzz, but getting over-shadowed by Wallis) Samuel L. Jackson, 'Django Unchained' (always delivers with Tarantino, but has buzzier co-stars in Waltz and DiCaprio to compete with) Don Cheadle, 'Flight' (previous Oscar nominee, playing a meaty role opposite Washington, but will need critic's support to get buzz going)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Kerry Washington, 'Django Unchained' (a mystery, but is playing a very sympathetic character) Gabourey Sidibe, 'Seven Psychopaths' (more of an extended cameo, but I've read that she nails it)
Also, there's the upcoming drama directed by George Tillman Jr. called 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' (though I'm doubting it gets released this year) that stars Jennifer Hudson as a drug addicted mother who is taken away by the authorities, leaving behind her son and his best friend to fend for themselves. It co-stars Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright, and Jordin Sparks.