The Oscars Does Not Have a Race Problem, Says Academy President

Although last year’s Oscars was awash with black nominees, this year’s lackcheryl isaacs of black actors has caused some to allege that the academy has a race problem.

Last year’s nominations included 12 Years a Slave, which took home Best Picture, Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress, and Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Barkhad Abdi were nominated for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor.

Asked about this year’s lack of black nominees, and whether the academy has a race problem,  academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs replied “Not at all.”

“The good news,” Boone Isaacs said, “is that the wealth of talent is there, and it’s being discussed, and it’s helpful so much for talent — whether in front of the camera or behind the camera — to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter.”

The issue of diversity at the Oscars came to the forefront after the movie “Selma” was snubbed this year.

During an interview, filmmaker Spike Lee said director Ava DuVernay and the cast should ignore the snub.

“Join the club!” Lee said. “But that doesn’t diminish the film. Nobody’s talking about motherf*ckin’ Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is. Nobody’s discussing Driving Miss Motherf*ckin’ Daisy. So if I saw Ava today I’d say, ‘You know what? F*ck ’em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one.”

He continued: “Anyone who thinks this year was gonna be like last year is retarded,” said Lee. “There were a lot of black folks up there with 12 Years a Slave, Steve [McQueen], Lupita [Nyong’o], Pharrell. It’s in cycles of every 10 years. Once every 10 years or so I get calls from journalists about how people are finally accepting black films. Before last year, it was the year [in 2002] with Halle Berry, Denzel [Washington], and Sidney Poitier. It’s a 10-year cycle. So I don’t start doing backflips when it happens.”



6 Comment

  1. We need to listen very closely when Directors such as Spike Lee drops jewels on 'America's Hollywood'. I'm so grateful I grew up in the 'Spike Lee' era and observed how they did us then.

  2. This woman is married to a white man. That’s all you need to know.

  3. Of course she gonna say there's not a problem ….smh

  4. Check out The BlackMan(State of Emergency) on youtube and get insight. Peace!

  5. 10 more years?…

  6. Don’t blame the Oscars for “Selma”‘s lack of representation; blame Paramount’s promotional team for the terrible job they did on that movie – no screeners for voters, and no strong rebuttals to fight any of the claims calling the film historically inaccurate.

    Also, if you truly wants Academy awards nominations for your picture, do not open your movie in mid-December, barely before the noms get announces.

    Not everything is about race; sometimes, it’s only about incompetence.

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