27 January 2011

Are the Oscars Racist? Discuss.

Annually, when the Academy Award nominations are announced, there’s always, inadvertently, some stamping of feet. Last year’s buzz was ‘are the Oscars sexist’ – until Kathryn Bigelow cleaned up of course.

This time however, the latest controversy theory, seems to have an element of truth to it…

With the blogosphere asking ‘Are the Oscars racist’ just look at the all-white line-up and decide for yourselves.

Yes, there’s not one black nominee in all the major categories, including acting, writing, and directing.  

Film buffs have argued it’s because there are so few significant black characters in the hits of the year… however isn’t that telling in itself?

Indeed the racial divide is so noticeable, that at the Producers Guild Awards last Saturday American comedian Aziz Ansari even did a skit on the subject. He joked that surely in The Social Network there could have been one black teenager checking his facebook account in the background. And that, in 127 Hours James Franco’s arms ‘didn’t even turn black’ when it was cut off (poor taste, that one).

Is it fair to brand the Oscars racist when last year Mo'Nique won best supporting actress last year for her role in Precious - a film made by Lee Daniels, an African-American filmmaker.

And, if so, who do you think missed out on a nomination?

You tell us, culture vultures…
 
- Amy Molloy

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