Variety – After last year’s nominations spawned #OscarsSoWhite, all eyes were on the Academy Award nominations Tuesday – and in stark contrast to 2016, this year proved to be a much stronger year for diversity, both in front of and behind the camera.
While no actors of color were nominated the last two years, this year saw every acting category recognizing a person of color. A record-tying (with 2007) seven minority actors were recognized, including a record-setting six black actors.
In best actor, Denzel Washington landed his seventh nomination for “Fences,” extending his record as the most nominated black actor. His co-star Viola Davis was nominated in supporting actress, which also saw Davis’ “The Help” co-star Octavia Spencer nominated for “Hidden Figures” and Naomie Harris for “Moonlight.” With three nods, Davis is now the most nominated black actress.
In the lead actress category, Ruth Negga was nominated for her work in “Loving.” And in supporting actor, Mahershala Ali landed a nom for “Moonlight.” Also recognized in supporting actor was Dev Patel, a British actor of Indian descent, for “Lion.”
It looks like after back-to-back years of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (what a pretentious name, by the way) nominating a unanimous group of white actors and actresses, it seems as if they have changed their selection process. Gee, ya think? Can’t imagine this not changing after prominent people of color publicly boycotting the Oscars over the past two years. Add that to the growing PC Culture phenomenon making waves across this country over the past decade, and it’s a no-brainer. If the Academy goes back-to-back-to-back here, you can bet your ass that a war on Hollywood would’ve erupted. Hell, guaranteed there would’ve even been people out there blaming Trump for this somehow. Thankfully, we didn’t have to witness that shitstorm.
Now, I’m not for or against this newfound change to the Academy Awards. As in any award show, the nominations should go to the people that are rightfully deserving. The fact that a person is white or black shouldn’t matter. It should be based on a combination of metrics, which I would assume are evaluated on factors such as box office $$$ and critical acclaim. Then again, almost 99% of people are never familiar with the bullshit movies that are up for Oscars year after year, anyways. With that being said, I think I’ve uncovered a (*gasp*) breakthrough – that is, the Academy is screwed up in the first place. This is pretty evident when you have a group of people that consist of elitist, grumpy white folks making decisions such as selecting Chris Rock to host and play the role of the funny token black guy to a room full of all white people.
I’m assuming this has changed in the past year considering the 2017 nominations are vastly different, and that Jimmy Kimmel will be the host trying to make white AND (some) black people laugh. Now, the Oscars can go back to being a boring fucking show full of pretentious assholes who feel as though their work and opinions are valued greater than the general public – all without making the world go insane.