The Oscars Need A Revolution

  • MUBI
This year the Academy Awards seem to have managed to steer clear of an “Oscars So White” scandal, while navigating a seemingly endless succession of negative stories that have, miraculously, still not managed to completely derail the glitziest night in the showbiz calendar. Originally coined by the blogger April Reign, “Oscars so white” was a phrase that caught on in 2015 to describe the consistent lack of diversity at the Academy Awards: that year, not a single person of color was nominated in any of the acting, directing or writing categories. That is, 0 nominations out of 35. Quite astonishingly, the same situation occurred at the awards in 2016. Since then, cursory amends have been made, in part with a Best Picture win for Moonlight in 2017, which also won key awards for Barry Jenkins (best screenplay) and Mahershala Ali (best supporting actress), while Viola Davis won in the same year for Fences. These changes
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