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  • Dee Jones
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    All aboard the Erivo train for the 2020 Oscars



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    It’s because it’s another aspect of current society. Basically an extension of intersectionality.

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    Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple is an odd case. When the film first came out and nowadays because it lives on in popularity it seems absurd that she didn’t win and make history. BUT there was that backlash against the film shortly after its release that had people (even the NAACP) calling the film racist.

    When Geraldine Page popped up in a last minute qualifying release and she had this huge overdue history it gave them an out and they could vote for Page and avoid controversy. It is hard to imagine now but back then I think the academy thought they were doing the non-racist thing by ignoring The Color Purple.

    I wonder what would have happened had Page’s film not had that last minute release. Would Whoopi have won or would they have let Out of Africa sweep Streep to a third win to avoid controversy. (Which then would have led to Viola winning in 2011 for The Help. It is all connected.

    I think that Whoopi would have won if Page had not been in the mix. Out of Africa is overrated to me and Streep did not do anything special to deserve a third Oscar in this movie.

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    Even when you look at some of the other award shows, there seems to be a problem with awarding an actress of color. Cannes and the Independent Spirit Awards have been more open to awarding actresses of color lately.

    Golden Globes:
    Whoopi Goldberg (Drama)
    Angela Basset (Comedy or Musical)

    BAFTA:
    No actresses of color have won

    SAG:
    Halle Berry
    Viola Davis

    Critic’s Choice:
    Viola Davis

    If the Academy can nominate Foreign Language performances from Europe, why not more nominations for Latin American and Asian actresses?

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    I would have said that it’s because of the roles they take, but it seems as though these are the only roles offered to them. I do think we will see the day another woman of color wins Best Actress, but as long as Hollywood is looking for next white starlet to award or continues to avenge some wrong done to an overdue legend, it could be a very long time.

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    Judging women of color as talented actors by using Sofia Vergara and Priyanka Chopra as your references is like judging all white men as actors by Pauly Shore, Kirk Cameron, or that stupid “Fred” guy. A little unfair, isn’t it?

    Priyanka Chopra is actually a brilliant actress, and her potential hasn’t even been tested here by anyone. You need to watch some of her Indian films to understand what I’m talking about.

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    you cannot win best actress for roles that are simply not there. Studios, writers, casting directors and producers all have the power to change that.
     

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    you cannot win best actress for roles that are simply not there. Studios, writers, casting directors and producers all have the power to change that.

    absolutely true !!!! I hope next year will be different since JHUD, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Lupita Nyong’o  and Cynthia Erivo all seem to have meaty role !!

    Banned for making a fake movie poster

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    Jazzy
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    you cannot win best actress for roles that are simply not there. Studios, writers, casting directors and producers all have the power to change that.

    Viola is so self-important! She once said she wants to play Hedda Gabler. Hedda is a white character. Why would that need to be changed just to accommodate some self-important black actress?

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    Women of color gave the meaty roles though nowadays. Aparicio should be the front runner in my personal opinion.

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    Viola is so self-important! She once said she wants to play Hedda Gabler. Hedda is a white character. Why would that need to be changed just to accommodate some self-important black actress?

    Because she comes from a theatre background and color-blind casting for classic works that have been produced hundreds of times is common. For a recent example, Sophie Okonedo was one of the most superlative Elizbeth Proctors I’ve seen in the most recent Broadway revival of The Crucible. It’s a more accepted practice on stage because one can suspend reality a lot better in theatre AND if one wants to be a classically-trained actor, these are the works and roles all actors study no matter what their skin color is. Those works and roles happen to be like 97% by white playwrights about white characters (Euro-American centric) and then to be denied the opportunity to play those characters that make up the far vast majority of what they studied is not a good practice. For a lot of those works, color-blind casting does not get in the way of the storytelling.

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    Viola is so self-important! She once said she wants to play Hedda Gabler. Hedda is a white character. Why would that need to be changed just to accommodate some self-important black actress?

    This has to be a joke.

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    #OscarsSoWhite and The Legacy of Halle Berry

    This video is probably the most insightful thing I’ve seen on this topic. A must watch

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    Hopefully Cynthia Erivo will change that next year.

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    #OscarsSoWhite and The Legacy of Halle Berry

    This video is probably the most insightful thing I’ve seen on this topic. A must watch

    Really tho, watch this

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