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As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The biggest Oscar news Thursday was that the powerful Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma managed nominations only for Best Picture and Best Song while being snubbed in all the other major categories, most notably Best Director (Ava DuVernay) and Best Actor (David Oyelowo). Lee, who said Selma and Birdman were the two best films he saw last year, seemed annoyed but not surprised.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
The problem with Al is that he has a vested interested. If racism magically disappeared overnight, he'd immediately lose any relevance he has.
That said, the demographics of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were released about this time last year and it looks a lot like the Tea Party:
- 94% White
- 77% Men
- 2% Black
- 2% Latino
- >.5% Asian, Native combined
originally posted by: BerenstEiner
There are a few great black actors out there.
But the great "black stories" are lacking.
I'm sure we can write a story in any genre and make the hero black. The problem is that the worlds population can not relate to black people at all.
originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
Why is it that Al Sharpton doesn't have a problem with a basketball team being all black but has a problem with something being all white?
The black players earned their spot by performance, so did the actors.