By Carolyn Solar |Staff Writer|
For the second year in a row, the acting category of the Oscars consisted of all white nominations.
This alone has raised questions about the diversity of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“The Academy members, also known as the “Oscar voters,” range in age from early 40s to late 60s and are all white and male,”
according to BET.com.
This has people wondering whether this is a test of talent or another case of blatant discrimination.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith decided to take to social media to note her disapproval. She posted a video saying that she refused to support an award show that lacked diversity and that she would boycott.
Actors like Jada Pinkett Smith, George Clooney, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon have all jumped on board in siding with Pinkett Smith on acknowledging that this a problem that needs to be fixed.
“It certainly doesn’t give hope to other children of color that they will be able to accomplish getting an Oscar if people today can’t get a nomination,” said student Danielle Eriksen.
“It is disappointing that there is a lack of diversity in an event that is as popular and prestigious as this one,” said Eriksen.
Other celebrities have opposed this position, including actor Will Smith’s former co-star Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
Hubert posted a video to her Facebook directed at Jada Pinkett Smith calling her out, saying that she was only boycotting because her husband did not get a nomination.
Other actors, such as Niecy Nash and rapper Snoop Dogg, have taken to Instagram to post videos about how they feel about the situation, taking a comical side.
This created a social media uproar with the hashtags #OscarsStillSoWhite and #WhiteOut.
Under these hashtags, social media users can see a wide range of positions on this situation.
Other actors, such as Michael Caine, have stated that the lack of diversity was based on the fact that these nominees are simply just better at what they do.
One movie in particular, “Straight Outta Compton,” made $60.2 million dollars in the box office in its opening weekend and was the largest R-rated August opening in box office history, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Even with its box office success, “Straight Outta Compton” did not get
a single acting nomination, although it did receive a nomination for best original screenplay.
Despite the public’s stance on the situation, actor Ice Cube had a different reaction to this nomination, or lack of one.
“It’s like crying about not having enough icing on your cake. It’s just ridiculous,” said
The massive success of the movie was enough for Ice Cube to be proud of, but the lack of award recognition has some people scratching their heads.
“I definitely expected that movie to get more recognition and awards than it did. It seems pretty unfair to me,” said student Paja Yang.
With so much backlash, the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science have decided to restructure the academy, add more governor seats, and limit voting rights to create diversity.
“The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020,” stated Oscars.org.
With changes being made, viewers are hoping their voice is enough to make a positive impact on the diversity amongst the award winners.