Sunday, January 18, 2015

Please, Separate Politics from the Oscars

All 20 of this year's acting contenders are white.
So what?
There are no women in the directing or writing categories.
So what?
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on Twitter is unnecessary bellyaching.
Africa made the the nominations with Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako's critically acclaimed "Timbuktu" competing for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. And he will make headlines all over the continent if he wins it.

Thank God Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is BLACK, otherwise they would have called her a white supremacist from the KKK.
All these bellyaching and farts over lack of diversity in the membership of the Academy and 2015 Oscar nominations are irrelevant to the fact that merit determined the nominations and not politics of racism. Politics should be separated from the Oscars and it would be stupid to use racial diversity and equality to determine the nominations and winners of awards whether in the Arts or Sciences.
African Americans and other non-Caucasians in America must stop their persecution complex and stop their overreaction to events and incidents affecting their personal racial egos. After all, even the darkest room does not change the color of the silver screen.
What should determine our progress and success in life is our genius and not the color of our skin, religion or sexual orientation.

I hope these protesters will not disrupt the Academy Awards on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.

Best picture 

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Best actor in a leading role

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best actress in a leading role

  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best actor in a supporting role

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best actress in a supporting role

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best director

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best foreign film

  • IdaPoland; directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
  • LeviathanRussia; directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • TangerinesEstonia; directed by Zaza Urushadze
  • TimbuktuMauritania; directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Wild TalesArgentina; directed by Damián Szifron​

Best original screenplay

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
  • Boyhood, written by Richard Linklater
  • Foxcatcher, written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, screenplay by Wes Anderson; story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler, written by Dan Gilroy

Click here for the complete list of 2015 Oscar nominees.

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