I’ve talked about Actors of Colour before. Can I just put out there that I’m going to refer to them as ‘Black Actors’ I don’t know if thats correct, or preferred or if someone is going to take offence (please don’t!) I’m a bit fed up with dillydallying around the semantics of it all.
Lets get into it. The Oscars 2016. At the rate it is going at the moment there won’t even be a show as EVERYONE seems to be boycotting it due to lack of diversity and colour within the categories. Its true. Its a fact. The nominations are in and all are whiter than white. But whose actual fault is it? Is it a race thing? I don’t think so. Its a lack of opportunities. You can’t win awards for characters that the writers don’t write. Queue the wonderful Viola Davis who puts it better than anyone ever good:
There is a lot in the press at the moment about those boycotting being ‘spoiled brats’ which i think is a little harsh. You would like to think the the nominations are based on the level of performance not the colour or the actors skin. There are many white actors that haven’t got a look in too. Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated again this year but has never won one, but is the fact that he has been nominated enough?
Charlotte Rampling was totally misinterpreted during an interview last week suggesting that ‘maybe the black actors didn’t deserve to be in the final stretch.’ I don’t like to think that actors like Will Smith and Idris Elba are being pulled short by not receiving a nomination purely on the fact that they are black because they are fantastic actors, I don’t think their ability to act is being questioned here its the lack of opportunity for good, award winning characters.
So is it a case of just sore losers or as Will Smith put it, do “The nominations reflect the Academy, the Academy reflects the industry, and the industry reflects America”, and therefore the Oscars are highlighting the underlined racist views of America. But then you can’t help but think they have an elected Black President? But then you read articles such as ‘Why having a black president hasn’t ended racism in the USA‘ and all of a sudden Will Smith has a very valid point. Having a female Prime Minister in the UK didn’t end Sexism in Britain.
I think boycotting the Oscars is like closing the door after the horse has bolted. You can win an award for a part that isn’t there. The issue is with the writers and the lack of good storylines being made available to black actors. If the parts being written are for white heterosexuals, as is the case usually, black actors are never going to get on to the nominations list. Its the writers who need boycotting.