Hollywood doesn't just disregard black people, Hollywood disregards difference.
During the Blizzard of 2016, my better half and I had plenty of hours to watch, debate, discuss and bicker about movies. We cast our own in-house vot...
While popular culture and social media rightly discusses and debates the absence of black nominations for the 2016 Oscars, another, largely invisible, subaltern people are routinely disparaged by the motion picture industry and exploited worldwide: Asian Americans.
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The failure of the Academy to select any nominees of color is symptomatic of the larger issues facing the industry.
My personal experience working in theater, film and television is that evolution and integration are happening, are ongoing. I experienced this on a greater level this past year in film and television than in theater.
It's unfortunate in the past two years there've been none in the four acting races, but the omissions belie a number of factors and, if there is criticism to be directed, it should not be the Motion Picture Academy.
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While I commend the courage to have African-American individuals in the film industry to boycott the Academy Awards, it is a much deeper issue.
The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a nomination to anyone of color in major categories. Ditto for this year, and years before this and last year.
The rest of the industry can shrug off the imbalance and say "what can little ol' me do about it?" but here is the one entity that can actually affect sweeping change with a single move.
It's perhaps fitting than in a year when Antony Hegarty nabbed a Best Original Song nomination and Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander were recognized for their work on The Danish Girl we've been prompted to revisit Morley's story and return her, perhaps, to the place in LGBT history she'd always earned.
Let's not forget that we don't necessarily need the Oscars (or the Emmys, Golden Globes, Tonys, Grammys... or ANY award show, for that matter) to be PROUD of our brothers and sisters in the entertainment industry.
Even if we don't break records, we'll still be sending a message: we are important. We matter. Our achievements and our work are not worth any less because of our skin color. We should be recognized. After all, it is true.
The critiques of the Academy Awards are, time after time, summed into prejudice, racism, and ignorance. Yet, those are not proper arguments, for it is fallacious.
Within the four walls of a cinema, films transport moviegoers to far off places, both past and present, real or imagined. To take it a step further, use this year's Academy Awards' nominees for Best Picture as a travel guide, experiencing the locations -- characters in their own right -- firsthand.