Why Diversifying the Oscar Voting Base Clearly Wasn’t Enough (Column)

Published on Jan 15, 2020

Why Diversifying the Oscar Voting Base Clearly Wasn’t Enough (Column)

As the nominations for the 92nd Oscars have shown us, the industry and the Motion Picture Academy have a problem substantially moving the needle on diversity and inclusion.

In the last few months, Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy, Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Lupita Nyong’o and Jamie Foxx have received accolades at awards shows and from critics groups, but Academy voters failed to nominate any of them. Except for Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), all of the acting nominees are white.

Female directors like Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”), Alma Har’el (“Honey Boy”) and Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) have received praise for being leaders of a more diverse generation of filmmakers. Even so, all of the nominated directors are men.

It’s been four years since Hollywood promised to change in the aftermath of #OscarsSoWhite, but here we are.

So what happened?

Read full article at: Variety - Film News

Author: Marc Malkin