Who Wants to Attend the 2016 Oscars?

Thoughts

America, the land of opportunity and so called “equality” has not yet reached the point at which all races are equally represented. Even the famous 88th Academy Awards having approximately 36.6 million viewers, has deteriorated in terms of diversifying nominations throughout the years. But not to worry, the stars will not cease to shine. They are taking action.

It was announced that no actors of color were chosen for any of the 20 major Academy Award nominations, marking the second year in a row that every single acting nominee was white. This prompted the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to start trending on Twitter. As a result of the outrage, several celebrities have declared that they will be boycotting the 2016 Oscars or simply not watching. Jada Pinkett Smith proposed the boycott in a tweet, creating a ripple effect among other celebrities who decided to join such as Reese Witherspoon, Snoop Dogg, Mark Ruffalo, Will Smith, George Clooney, Donald Trump, and many more.

Amid controversy, the Academy decided to make some changes. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced that the Academy plans to double female and minority membership by 2020.

Different celebrities have varied opinions that segregation was a problem even before the Academy Awards, boycotting the ceremony will help mitigate the problem, the nominations had nothing to do with skin color but quality of performance, and that we must integrate rather than segregate by putting an end to targeted television channels such as BET (Black Entertainment Television). What do you think?

Would you go to the Oscars this year? Let me know in the comments below.

10 thoughts on “Who Wants to Attend the 2016 Oscars?

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  3. Hearing about the #OscarsSoWhite has irritated me to no end. I can understand why some actors are frustrated that only white actors were nominated, but the way I see it is that the BEST actors were nominated, not white ones. I don’t believe we should vote for an actor, or actress, just because of their skin color. I believe it is because of the work they put in. That’s it. Period. Hard work, not skin color. So yes, I would attend. Also, we don’t have White Entertainment Awards, so why is there the BET? It should all just be one. No color, just talent.

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  4. It’s a difficult issue and one that comes with many different viewpoints and perspectives. It seems hard to believe that all actors and actresses that aren’t white have not given an Oscar nomination worthy performance and I can see why people are frustrated. If anything, the boycott has started a conversation about race and how we recognise talent and if that encourages diversity and open mindedness then it can only be a positive!

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    1. Exactly. This debate has turned the tables on how we perceive things like this. It would be much easier to pick a side if it was clear to us on what basis celebrities are nominated. I am so confused as to how they were doing so well with diversifying nominations all these years and just now, all whites were selected. So why discriminate now? Was that on purpose or was it solely based off of talent. Their criteria is pretty weird because I find actors from movies that I haven’t even heard of, receiving Oscar awards.

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  5. When you talk about integrating all the award shows, you touch upon the issue of white privilege. The BET channel is just one instance of many that came to existence to give minorities a little bump in this society that still slightly favors white privilege, even if it doesn’t want to admit it outright. As for boycotting the Oscars, I say to each their own. Celebrities have a plethora of award shows to choose from in Hollywood. Boycotting the Oscars doesn’t mean anything really, in my opinion.

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    1. You are absolutely right. Celebrities boycott one but so what? They can go to another award show and be just as happy. But I think they feel like it is a bigger deal because out of all the awards for actors, the Oscars and Grammys are the most prestigious. But I definitely understand where you are coming from. That is another viewpoint that many people have. Having race specific channels may give minorities an extra boost in society, but it is also admitting that they are not as represented in society as whites. Another argument could be, why point out that they are different than whites in the first place? If you just have a channel for everyone, then it wouldn’t be targetting a specific audience based on the color of their skin, so no one would question it. But as soon as you bring out a BET type channel, we think “Wait why is there a channel for blacks? What makes them different?” It may be creating differences that know one even questioned, rather than giving more representation.

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  6. Hmm, I really do not follow Oscars, but i know how big it is. ..So in my opinion they have chosen the best actors. .. not white. Coz if they were doing so (of favoring only white-) should have been caught much earlier. .. why now! May the best performance win. … All in good faith 🙂

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