Oprah Winfrey, ‘Selma’ stars to march in Alabama

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

#OscarsSoWhite: Academy president responds to Oscar critics (+video).

Lucas, 70, was responding to ‘CBS This Morning’ host Gayle King’s question about whether he saw the all-white categories as a snub of eligible black actors, like Selma’s David Oyelowo. The Oscar nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced yesterday, and despite most us knowing who would get nominated, there were a couple of surprises which ended being those who were snubbed.The first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has spoken out about the outrage surrounding the lack of diversity among this year’s slate of Oscar nominees – and says the Academy is taking steps to address it going forward. “In the last two years, we’ve made greater strides than we ever have in the past toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization through admitting new members and more inclusive classes of members,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs told the Associated Press Friday evening. “And, personally, I would love to see and look forward to see a greater cultural diversity among all our nominees in all of our categories.” The 2015 Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, and all 20 acting nominees were white – something that hasn’t happened in nearly two decades.

For those who don’t know what ‘snub’ means in the awards season, it’s when a recipient, film or TV show deserved a nomination, but ended up being rejected for it. The snubs quickly gave birth to the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on Twitter. “What is important not to lose sight of is that Selma, which is a fantastic motion picture, was nominated for best picture this year, and the best picture category is voted on by the entire membership of around 7,000 people,” Boone Isaacs said. I think David, who was in (Lucas’ 2012 film) Red Tails, is truly one of the great actors of all time. “And you know, the director, Ava, is amazing… I think they’re very, very talented people. This snub was seen coming as DuVernay and her film Selma were snubbed in other prominent awards such as the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild of America. Among the other snubs Selma received, Oyelowo’s nomination was one of them despite the high praise and several nominations from other award organisations.

Many thought that Aniston would take that fifth slot for her performance in Cake as the actress received a nomination at almost every major award organisation. Boone Isaacs declined to address whether she and the academy were embarrassed by the slate of white Oscar nominees, instead insisting that she’s proud of the nominees, all of whom deserved recognition.

Probably the biggest snub and surprise was The LEGO Movie who despite being critically acclaimed by critics and general moviegoers alike who both deemed it the best animation film of 2014 received no love from the Academy whatsoever. She explained that while each branch comes up with its own criteria for excellence and each nominates its colleagues, all voting is individual and confidential. Sadly, the legendary David Fincher never made the cut for Best Director for the well-received Gone Girl, but luckily the Golden Globes and some other award institutions acknowledged him.

Strangely enough, Foxcatcher’s director Bennett Miller received a Best Director nomination, but his film didn’t even secure a Best Picture nomination which doesn’t make any sense. It’s an award that showcases the talent of everyone involved in the production of the movie ‘Selma.'” Boone Isaacs says the five best actor nominees — Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) — “are all at the top of their game.” “This is a membership organization, so we are all involved in this discussion and moving the subject of diversity forward,” she said. “It’s very important for us to continue to make strides to increase our membership and the recognition of talent.” “It behooves Hollywood — as an economic imperative, if not a moral one — to begin more closely reflecting the changing face of America,” the statement said.

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