Oscars So White? - ENIGMA

Oscars So White?

While this year’s Academy Awards are set to be hosted by Chris Rock, many have again been enraged, for the second year in a row, at the lack of nominations received by minorities for this year’s show. At the height of the problem is the fact that people of color have only won a paltry 15 Oscars in 76 years. This year, the controversy is highest when it comes to Creed. The movie, written and directed by African American, Ryan Coogler, featured a largely black ensemble cast and was highly acclaimed by film critics as evidenced by its 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, yet only garnered one nomination for the white Sylvester Stallone in the Best Supporting Actor category. Similarly, Straight Outta Compton, another film about black lives, was also snubbed for any awards featuring any of its African American crew. Renowned actors such as Will Smith and Idris Elba were also ignored for their standout performances in Concussion and Beast of No Nation respectively. All of which seems to ask the question: is there any underlying racism behind the Academy’s nominations? Or is this merely a fair illustration of the continued white dominance in the film industry vis a vis their black counterparts?

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