For the second year in the row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rolled out an Oscar list that was pretty pale in color. No blacks were nominated for any of the major award, and of course, that means black celebrities have been complaining non-stop. Of course, when some people speak out, others are going to speak out in the opposite way, and some free pizza won’t be enough to soothe this divide. French actress Charlotte Rampling says that those crying about diversity are actually practicing reverse racism.
Said Rampling, a first-time nominee for her movie 45 Years, “We can never know whether it’s truly the case, but maybe the black actors didn’t deserve to make it to the final list.” She added, “Why classify people? We live in a time now where everyone is more or less accepted.”
That’s actually a good point, but a lot of people are complaining just the same. Every year, there are Oscar snubs. This year, the Oscar snubs seem to be mostly black actors and actresses. However, if you look at the last 20 years of Oscar nominations and working actors in Hollywood, you’ll see that there are actually more black Oscar winners by proportion than would be expected based on the US population. The Economist has a fascinating article that suggests that the #oscarssowhite chaos is actually unfounded.
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