Academy Awards Highlight Black Hollywood

Many predicted that this year’s Academy Awards would go to great lengths to celebrate diversity after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy came to a head last year. Fortunately, this year saw a surplus of quality content starring Black actors and actresses for the Academy to choose from.

As a result, Black Hollywood was celebrated in front of the entire world last night. 

Black Actors Make History With Oscar Nominations

A year ago, the biggest story at the Academy Awards was the clear lack of diversity among award nominees. Two years running, no people of color were nominated in any of the acting categories and were a rarity in the Best Director category. After multiple efforts to help bolster diversity in Hollywood, history has been made.

For the first time ever, a Black actor is nominated in every acting category. 

Academy Awards Works To Increase Diversity With New Appointments

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was deservingly on the receiving end of public outcry after a second year with a noticeably lack of diversity among nominees. After [hopefully] learning a valuable lesson, the Academy is playing an active role in fixing the problem.

The Academy has added three new governors, all from diverse backgrounds, to leadership positions, that will last for three-year terms, according to Deadline.

It Matters That the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Cast Wasn’t Invited to the Oscars

Pretty much everyone already expected the Dolby Theatre to be full of white faces on Feb. 28 for the 88th Academy Awards. There barely being any people of color in the award nominees and the resulting boycotts and public criticisms of the Academy by those same forgotten faces made that pretty clear. But, due to a stipulation concerning who makes it onto the invite list in the first place, it looks like the boycotts are going to gain some more supporters.

And the Oscar Goes to…

When Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress last night, I thought this blog had written itself. All I needed to do was list the names and roles of black women who had won Oscars, make a few comments about some very obvious things, and keep it moving. However, Meryl Streep’s shocking win over the presumed winner of the Best Actress award, Viola Davis, threw a bit of a wrinkle in that plan.

I’ve made it very clear that I was neither in support of The Help nor black actresses only being awarded for their craft when they reinvigorate old stereotypes that are both problematic and troublesome. I wonder, though, how many understand Davis’ unexpected loss. It seems like there are a few ways to interpret it:

Summer M.'s Most Wanted: Sandra Bullock

I’ve grown suspicious of Sandra Bullock.  And by “suspicious” I mean she’s annoying the fuck out of me.  Inspired by such pestilence, I’m thinking of starting a Youtube show called Summer M.’s Most Wanted wherein I become internet famous by videotaping myself hating on celebrities who do things I find aggravating–like adopting black babies and then publicizing it.  I could do my best John Walsh imitation (“…and remember, you too can make a difference.”), get some of the homies to re-enact the “crimes,” and use one of these programs on my computer to make up rap sheets with fake mug shots of said celebrities.  My pilot episode would include segments on Tyler Perry, Oprah, Kobe Bryant, Justin Bieber, and the entire cast of Basketball [“]Wives[“]. Diggy Simmons could do the theme music.  Think about it.  I could become the next internet sensation.  But I digress.  Back to (white) starlets and black babies.

Women Have Things Covered

For a long time husbands had been notoriously recognized for outshining, outworking and “bringing home the bacon for” their wives. After a short marriage and divorce in 1991, followed by 19 years of hard work and accomplishment, Kathryn Bigelow has shown ex-husband, James Cameron, that she’s got things covered and won’t need any favors.

Her low budget production of The Hurt Locker wowed the critics and viewers at the Academy Awards, winning 6 Oscars out of 9 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Directing by Bigelow. She is the first woman to win Best Director at the Academy Awards and after 82 years, as Barbara Streisand declared when presenting the award, “It’s about time.” Bigelow accepted the award, hoping to be “the first of many” female Academy Award winning directors and advising any young filmmaker not to give up on dreams.