Last week Friday saw the announcement of the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, known to us plebs as the Oscars. Of course there were the predictable nominations (American Sniper) and there were the surprise snubs (The Lego Movie) but what has been most controversial about this year is the complete lack of diversity amongst the nominees.
Nominees for Best Actor? All white. Best Actress? Ditto. Best Director at least broke some ground with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu being the first Mexican director to be nominated for an Academy Award, but the rest are all white dudes. The Best Supporting Actor/Actress category? Well, take a wild guess.
Now, I’m definitely not saying that some films and actors should be included just for diversity’s sake; movies should be taken on their merit alone. However, when you have a movie like Selma with a black, female director and a majority colour cast win four Golden Globes, yet only scrape two nominations at the Oscars (Best Picture and Original Song), then something seems a bit off.
So what do you think? Were the best possible films, stars and directors nominated, without prejudice? Or is Hollywood overly obsessed with the “ideal” of the all-American white guy, leaving no room for other demographics?
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Last Updated: January 21, 2015