Over the past 89 years, the Oscars annual ceremony has been celebrating the best cinematic achievements. As has been noted, there is an evident lack of diversity when honoring the nominees up to this time. The Oscars may seem like just awards; however, they determine the worth of a film and are an industry’s way of recognizing and appreciating a well done job. Therefore, it is important to nominate people who reflect the diversity of humanity.
In 2015, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was used on Twitter to protest the underrepresentation of people of color in the Academy Award nominations. In sharp contrast, this year saw every acting group recognizing a person of color. Seven minority actors were nominated, involving a record of six black actors. Apart from that, the hashtags #OscarsSoMale and #OscarsSoStraight were created to show bias towards gender and sexuality. LGBT movies like, Carol is about two lesbian women falling in love, and The Danish Girl, in which Eddie Redmayne plays a transgender pioneer, were both disqualified from the Best Picture category at this year’s Oscars.
“The film industry still functions as a straight, white, boy’s club” said the study, conducted by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
The Film section of this blog aims to explore what it takes to win an Oscar, knowing there is a sharp underrepresentation of women and minorities in the ceremony. Since it is the duty of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to nominate people, it is essential to have diversity in the Academy itself. If there is no diversity in the Academy, then how can we expect to see diversity in the nominees?
As an example, the reason behind La La Land directed by Damien Chazelle’s success will be discussed, given that it has been nominated for 14 awards. Moreover, knowing that many actors decided to turn to directing, does this make them more successful, or is it better to focus on one field? Finally, with the announcement of the 2017 Oscar nominees this week, the predictions game is officially on, accordingly, we will predict the winners.
Author: Israa Groof