The most melanin you’ll see at this year’s Oscars will come from the golden statue (oh and Chris Rock). The Academy has overlooked several Black actors, actresses and filmmakers from its prestigious categories…again. Four of the categories for acting have all-white nominees — 20 nominees to precise — and the best picture category is startling melanin-deficient. The snubs immediately caused a resurgence of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first Black president of the Academy, says she is “disappointed” in the nominees low representation of Black films.
“Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness (of the films nominated). This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board. You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it,” she told me, while acknowledging the Academy’s very public efforts at diversity are moving too slowly. “We have got to speed it up.”