Where is the Diversity in This Year's Oscar Nods?

Friday, January 28, 2011

When the Oscar nominees were announced on Tuesday, Takeaway producer, Kristen Meinzer noticed that they were — by her measurements — the least culturally and racially diverse in over a decade. Kristen is here with Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and co-host for the Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, to discuss race and the Oscars.

Contributors:

Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

Screenwriterhank from Tulsa, OK

As a Filmmaker that happens to be black...which, by the way, is how we prefer to be described, some of you guys are way off. Having a major black actor in your film doesn't make it a "black film". The Color Purple, Eve's Bayou, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Precious, Glory, Devil in a Blue Dress, Love Jones and a great number if films are not "niche" films. These are great, (some award-winning) films that just so happen to have a predominantly black cast. Like a previous post stated, it's all in how you market the film. Do the Right Thing is an AMERICAN film that speaks about racial devide between races in Brooklyn. It was marketed as a drama and you know what, when I went to see it, there were more whites in attendance just like The Color Purple. Quit pushing niche films and market our films just as you do the rest and more people will come

Jan. 29 2011 12:23 AM
todd from michigan

I agree with Kevin from NJ. Given Hollywood's willingness to release anything they think will make money it's hard to believe that there is a concerted effort to limit good "black" roles.

Also the Jim Carrey-Eddie Murphy example wasn't very good. One of the reasons Carrey got taken seriously for Sunshine was because he had established his dramatic chops in The Truman Show - a performance that was snubbed by the Emmys.

Jan. 28 2011 11:58 AM
Kevin from Jersey City, NJ

So what. Do you want some token nomination? It's all just a marketing ploy anyway. Like it or not black actors are still, unfortunately, doing the Hollywood Shuffle whether you like it or not. It's all about the green in Hollywood, not the black or white.

Jan. 28 2011 08:58 AM

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