Friday, January 15, 2016
Oscar nominations were announced yesterday, and once again, blacks were shut out of the awards. The fault, however, is not that of the Oscar nominators but of the type of movie being made. The problem is systemic and goes back to writers and producers who develop and fund scripts as well as directors who cast them. Oscars are symptoms of the underlying problem and not racist in themselves. It is a challenge that will be dealt with over time and with pressure from minority groups to be included in filmmaking. Still, the Oscars are taking a PR nick because of the situation, and there is nothing to be done to make it better.