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And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, »
- Gary Collinson
Hitfix report that renowned Mexican actor Joaquín Cosío has joined season 2 of The Strain as Angel Guzman Hurtado, aka The Silver Angel. The character was at one time Mexico's most famous luchador (masked wrestler) who suffered an injury and found himself washed up and working as a dishwasher in a restaurant. But when the vampire apocalypse kicks off he gets the opportunity to don the mask once more and fight alongside former gang leader Gus to battle the forces of darkness. Cosío is a three-time Arieles (Mexican Academy of Film Awards) nominee, and has appeared in the likes of Quantum of Solace, A Better Life, Savages and The Lone Ranger. The second season of FX's The Strain is currently shooting, and will première this summer. »
FX has filled one of the key new roles for the upcoming second season of "The Strain," casting a well-respected Mexican star of stage and screen to play a heroic former luchador. HitFix can report exclusively that Joaquín Cosío will join the Season 2 cast playing Angel Guzman Hurtado. As fans of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's books know, Hurtado is better known as Angel de la Plata, The Silver Angel. Angel de la Plata was a major masked wrestling star in Mexico, appearing both in the ring and in a series of movies in which his character battled all manner of foes including vampires, who he dispatched with an ultra-violent trademark move. A knee injury ended his career and his money and celebrity were soon gone. Now he's washing dishes at an Indian restaurant, beloved by the nostalgic, but seemingly forgotten to the world. As you might imagine, »
- Daniel Fienberg
4 items from 2015
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