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    syrus80
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    3 black winners in 93 years in the Best Actor and Actress category. And they only occasionally like to nominate folks in those categories to begin with. Angela Bassett only has one nomination to her name. Same story, different year.

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    3 black winners in 93 years in the Best Actor and Actress category. And they only occasionally like to nominate folks in those categories to begin with. Angela Bassett only has one nomination to her name. Same story, different year.

    It’s been 5 if I’m not mistaken

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    James Breheney
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    I think you have to look at these things on a case-by-case basis. For example, this year Davis’ performance was very good but essentially a series of cameos amounting to 20+ mins of screen time. And Boseman, again very good, was up against an all-timer in Hopkins.

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    I don’t think the it’s the Academy that’s at fault really its more a matter of the roles not being there. However the past decade or 2 this has been changing and there are now many roles for Black performers so they will win lead awards.

    Looking back at the Black lead actor nominees Denzel Washington should have won in 1992 for Malcom X rather than his win in 2001 for Training day. Others have been good enough to win in their years such as Morgan Freeman in 1994, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 2013, but the performers they lost to were arguably just as good.

    The Best lead actress category is historically more of a mess though, Whoopi Goldberg should have easily won for The Color Purple back in 1985. Angela Bassett could have won for What’s Love Got to Do with It in 1993 even though Holly Hunter was also very good so its not really a huge snub. Gabourey Sidibe was way better than Sandra Bullock in 2009.

     

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    I don’t think the it’s the Academy that’s at fault really its more a matter of the roles not being there. However the past decade or 2 this has been changing and there are now many roles for Black performers so they will win lead awards.

    Period. The academy can‘t nominate/reward what‘s not there. It starts all the way back in the studios who decide which movies get money to get made and then who gets cast for said movies.

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    Hollywood is racist. That’s the answer.

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    Agreed it’s a hollywood problem in general.

    Just this year, look at the black nominees, three were from biopics, one was from a fictional meetup  of  real life people and the other two were from an august wilson play. Hard to get nominations and wins when there arent enough roles to judge.

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    It’s not only an Academy problem. Racism and white supremacy is present in literally every industry. But if you want to talk about the Oscars, the main problem for black actors is that the roles do not exist for them. It’s starting to change, yeah, but even this year with so many nominations for them, black actors once again were nominated only for playing tortured artists and social activists.

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    There are serious cases of bias against certain genres. Exceptional performances have been given by POC in comedies, for example.

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    Hollywood is racist. That’s the answer.

    True. And in the last 93 years only Denzel Washington is truly loved by Hollywood with 2 wins and Several Nominations

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    The wins were mostly in line with critics and Film Twitter, so it’s not necessarily the Academy this time around.

    The producers take the L this year.

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    I think looking at the nominees this year, many of the nominated lead roles could have been played by somebody of any race. Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal could have been played by somebody of any race, as could have Anthony Hopkins character in The Father, Frances McDormand in Nomadland, Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman and Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman.

    I wonder if these roles were played by Black actors that they would have received as much acclaim and awards recognition?

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    Agreed it’s a hollywood problem in general. Just this year, look at the black nominees, three were from biopics, one was from a fictional meetup of real life people and the other two were from an august wilson play. Hard to get nominations and wins when there arent enough roles to judge.

     

    Yet all those films were race related. As the Academy gets more diversified, the less Black actors will win for those kind of roles. Black filmmakers need to start telling 50% of stories that are normal aka not race related. International voting black does not think like American voters. They will not vote based on race to avoid racism tag, they will vote only if they like a performance.

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    I think looking at the nominees this year, many of the nominated lead roles could have been played by somebody of any race. Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal could have been played by somebody of any race, as could have Anthony Hopkins character in The Father, Frances McDormand in Nomadland, Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman and Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman.

    I wonder if these roles were played by Black actors that they would have received as much acclaim and awards recognition?

    Riz Ahmed is Brown, the first Muslim man to be nominated at the Oscars. Let’s not club him with the White contenders.

    FYC:

    Best Director - Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Darius Marder (Sound of Metal)

    Lead Actor - Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods), Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

    Supporting Actor - Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

    Supporting Actress - Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

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    I think looking at the nominees this year, many of the nominated lead roles could have been played by somebody of any race. Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal could have been played by somebody of any race, as could have Anthony Hopkins character in The Father, Frances McDormand in Nomadland, Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman and Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman.

    I wonder if these roles were played by Black actors that they would have received as much acclaim and awards recognition?

    I’m trying to see who could have played Hopkins’ character in The Father. There are not a lot of Black actors still active after 80 years of age. Perhaps, James Earl Jones?

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