I’ve been watching every Oscar since it opened in 1984, and I’ve seen many great films, many of them by men and women of color.
In my experience, the only thing that matters in a film is the actors, and there is no room for any of them who doesn’t have a proven track record, from the way they handle their characters to their writing to their direction.
But there’s something to be said for the fact that, with some exceptions, every nominee for Best Picture is white, and every nomination is a result of the fact Hollywood has largely abandoned diversity and is embracing the white savior narrative that Hollywood’s been feeding us since the beginning of time.
When Oscar nominations were announced in Los Angeles this morning, a group of mostly white actors, producers and directors made a plea to Hollywood to stop pandering to the white male gaze and to embrace diversity, even if that means that some nominees are white men.
In a letter to the Los Angeles Times, they asked that no one who had been nominated “continue to be considered for the prestigious award.”
In their letter, the stars of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wrote that “in an era when Hollywood is at its most inclusive, it is imperative that we as a nation honor the diverse talents of the film industry and encourage all of our young people to pursue the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Here are a few examples of what I’ve witnessed.
First up is the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, written by Spike Lee, who was nominated for his adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name.
The letter signed by the members of the Hollywood Diversity Council also noted that Lee “is one of the most successful writers of his generation and has earned widespread acclaim as a writer of great literary depth.”
This is a real testament to Lee’s ability to adapt a complex, layered, emotionally charged book and still get the audience in the mood for the story.
Then there is the Best Director award, which went to the film that made the most money at the box office: The Shape of Water, which earned $8.2 million over the weekend, making it the highest grossing film of the year.
Then there’s the Best Supporting Actor award for Tom Hanks, who took home the award for Best Supporting Actress in his role as the president of the United States.
He is nominated for best supporting actor for his portrayal of President Trump in a speech he delivered at the Democratic National Convention.
That’s right, the actor who was booed when he won Best Actor in 1985 for playing the president in a movie he co-wrote is nominated again this year for playing him in a motion picture.
And it’s not just the Hollywood elite that’s been pandering.
Last year, I interviewed the man who wrote the original screenplay of Django Unchained, which I’m currently reading.
He said that he and his partner, a black writer, worked on the screenplay “for a couple of years” before it was finally handed down to the director, and that they decided to “make it a black and white film.”
The result is a film that is more about white people than it is about black people, but that’s OK.
The Best Supporting Artist nomination went to James Cameron for his work on Avatar, which won a record seven awards.
That doesn’t mean that the director is racist.
Cameron is the creator of some of the greatest films of all time, including Titanic, The Abyss, and The Abyss 2.
But he also had a very specific vision for Avatar, and he said that when he came to the realization that he wanted to do Avatar he knew that he had to make it more inclusive.
The idea is that we’re all different. “
So, I made him a black guy with a mustache, and the other guy had to wear a turban and I had to put in a beard.
The idea is that we’re all different.
I wanted it to be like a real community.”
In addition to his writing, Cameron is also an accomplished dancer.
He was nominated last year for best dance performance for his role in the short film A.O. Scott, which was nominated this year.
And this year, Cameron will be a guest judge at the Oscars for the first time.
He will be competing for his third Golden Globe, which he won last year.
The winner of this year’s Golden Globe will be announced at the ceremony on Feb. 28.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to it.