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01.22.2016

The lack of diversity in this year's Academy Award nominations have people up in arms, and it looks like the Academy is acting fast in order to avoid this issue come next year's awards. They've just announced a big change in their membership policy that will assure current filmmakers have the ability to vote, and that more people are added to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made.

As Entertainment Weekly reports, rather than grant a member lifetime voting rights, the Academy will now give each new member voting status for 10 years. That membership will be renewed if the member has been active in motion pictures in that decade. Members will receive lifetime voting rights after three 10-year terms of if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. Members who fail to qualify for active status will be reclassified as emeritus members, and in turn will not have the ability to place an Oscar vote.

In regards to these new rules, this should allow for a greater percentage of Academy members to lead the way and ensure more current memebers of the filmmaking community are calling the shots. Now, whether or not this will placate many of those who are planning to boycott this year's Oscars remains to be seen. My only hope going forward is that people with amazing talents who turn in great performances are recognized regardless of the color of their skin and not because of it.

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12:52AM on 01/25/2016
I have this notion that the Academy would easily give awards or at least multiple nominations to any movie that tells a story about two major themes: the holocaust, and slavery. I don't remember any slavery movie released after last year's Oscars.
I have this notion that the Academy would easily give awards or at least multiple nominations to any movie that tells a story about two major themes: the holocaust, and slavery. I don't remember any slavery movie released after last year's Oscars.
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7:52PM on 01/24/2016
Ahh the Smiths, they make such great films. I thought the recent Annie remake was a masterpiece, oh and After Earth, GENIUS. He just keeps saving the world.
Ahh the Smiths, they make such great films. I thought the recent Annie remake was a masterpiece, oh and After Earth, GENIUS. He just keeps saving the world.
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2:08PM on 01/24/2016

Wow

It's a real bummer to see how many shitty people have taken over this community the past few years. I miss having intelligent people around here.
It's a real bummer to see how many shitty people have taken over this community the past few years. I miss having intelligent people around here.
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10:53AM on 01/24/2016
@oogieboogie78- Why would seeing Star Wars 4 more times help the diversity issue in hollywood that much more? It's already the number one film ever domestically speaking and it reached one billion worldwide recently, so the majority of the world has let the studios know that they're more than ok with the casting and it's not a problem. Do you work for Disney lol? When Wonder Woman comes out, a big part of its success will hinge on the success or failure of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad,
@oogieboogie78- Why would seeing Star Wars 4 more times help the diversity issue in hollywood that much more? It's already the number one film ever domestically speaking and it reached one billion worldwide recently, so the majority of the world has let the studios know that they're more than ok with the casting and it's not a problem. Do you work for Disney lol? When Wonder Woman comes out, a big part of its success will hinge on the success or failure of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, which will help to establish further interest in DC projects if they do succeed. Ya, there will always be those idiots who pan a film because of a strong female lead or a lead played by someone who isn't white, but I don't think they really represent the majority of the movie-going public anymore. If you want my opinion, you're giving too much credit to the opinions of a bunch of biased movie nerds on a website like Joblo. The real problem, when it comes to the academy, is the predominant over age 50 white male membership, which is being addressed. When it comes to the movies themselves, you see bullshit casting like Gods of Egypt because of the studios and who is in charge of them, not because of the movie audiences of America or any other country. The audiences are ready for change, the industry isn't.
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4:37PM on 01/23/2016

To be honest with ourselves

Those of us here on Joblo are actually where the blame resides, not the academy.

This issue has been brought up in a poor way. Its hard to argue that anyone was actually snubbed for the Oscars this year. However, it's also hard to argue that there isn't an issue of racism in Hollywood. As many Schmoes have pointed out there are not as many good roles for black actors, or for female actors for that matter. Whose fault is that?

Just look at the comment sections on this website.

When
Those of us here on Joblo are actually where the blame resides, not the academy.

This issue has been brought up in a poor way. Its hard to argue that anyone was actually snubbed for the Oscars this year. However, it's also hard to argue that there isn't an issue of racism in Hollywood. As many Schmoes have pointed out there are not as many good roles for black actors, or for female actors for that matter. Whose fault is that?

Just look at the comment sections on this website.

When Idris Elba was rumored to play James Bond, half the people on here displayed their outrage at the idea. Very specifically because he is Black. He could have the exact same accent and dialogue as Daniel Craig... but what matters is he won't look right. Then there are Schmoes who can't accept that in Star Wars "some skinny girl defeated some bad ass sith dude" even when they showed that she clearly is an ass kicking bad ass, and he was an emotional mess with no self control and a gaping lazer hole in him....

We are not some random voices whose opinions don't matter.... we are the people who pay Hollywood to make these movies. You can bet your ass that they care about how we feel. If we won't pay to see black people or women in major roles of big budget movies, then they won't get the parts. Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith may be pointing their fingers at the wrong people, and maybe even for the wrong reasons, but there is a problem and someone should point a finger somewhere. They won't point it at us because we are their customers, but we can point a finger at ourselves and acknowledge that perhaps if we had a more open mind about how the characters we love could look, that maybe we wouldn't be having to have these conversations.

If we want to help do something about this, we should go see Star Wars 4 more times, then, when they come out, go see Wonder Woman and Black Panther. Not once but Twice. Even if they suck. Because when Hollywood sees a profit, then they will have heard that we are OK with a little more diversity in the movies we love, and then maybe they will invest more into big roles for other types of actors and the quality will follow.

(stepping down from soap box)
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4:57PM on 01/23/2016
A black James Bond is quite fine with me. Problem is, Idris Elba is an arrogant prick. There could have been any number of black actors in the running and I would have been all for it. I just don't like THAT black actor. What you say is fair and I agree...but I'm just saying for me it was a personality issue I have with the guy, and many white actors for that matter. Am I being childish? Could be. But I simply do not like the guy.
A black James Bond is quite fine with me. Problem is, Idris Elba is an arrogant prick. There could have been any number of black actors in the running and I would have been all for it. I just don't like THAT black actor. What you say is fair and I agree...but I'm just saying for me it was a personality issue I have with the guy, and many white actors for that matter. Am I being childish? Could be. But I simply do not like the guy.
6:52PM on 01/23/2016
I think you have a great point. When the nominees first came out everyone just cried racism by the academy but what people don't realize is that there wasn't many performances from black actors and actresses to choose from this year. I also find your point on people's reactions to a black bond and a black protagonist in Star Wars to be spot on. I just wish more people saw it this way instead of pointing at the Academy as if it is their fault.
I think you have a great point. When the nominees first came out everyone just cried racism by the academy but what people don't realize is that there wasn't many performances from black actors and actresses to choose from this year. I also find your point on people's reactions to a black bond and a black protagonist in Star Wars to be spot on. I just wish more people saw it this way instead of pointing at the Academy as if it is their fault.
9:17PM on 01/23/2016
Black James Bond? Please. If a white guy were to play Shaft, Black Panther, or Blade, everyone's ugly double standard would have their arms up in outrage. Why stop at a black James Bond? To ensure our feelings of liberal guilt and PC worthy affirmative action, let's make him gay or trans as well. I'm not against anyone's race or lifestyle choice, but this political correctness nonsense is getting way out of control.
Black James Bond? Please. If a white guy were to play Shaft, Black Panther, or Blade, everyone's ugly double standard would have their arms up in outrage. Why stop at a black James Bond? To ensure our feelings of liberal guilt and PC worthy affirmative action, let's make him gay or trans as well. I'm not against anyone's race or lifestyle choice, but this political correctness nonsense is getting way out of control.
9:52PM on 01/23/2016
Accepting that we have a stake in this is one thing, but the studios are still the ones greenlighting projects and saying this one or that one deserves to be in it. And James Bond won't net someone an Oscar nom any day.
Accepting that we have a stake in this is one thing, but the studios are still the ones greenlighting projects and saying this one or that one deserves to be in it. And James Bond won't net someone an Oscar nom any day.
11:16AM on 01/24/2016
"go see Wonder Woman and Black Panther. Not once but Twice. Even if they suck. Because when Hollywood sees a profit, then they will have heard that we are OK with a little more diversity"

Haha this has to be one of the stupidest things I've read in a while.
"go see Wonder Woman and Black Panther. Not once but Twice. Even if they suck. Because when Hollywood sees a profit, then they will have heard that we are OK with a little more diversity"

Haha this has to be one of the stupidest things I've read in a while.
2:11PM on 01/23/2016

I have extremely mixed feelings here.

On one hand, the Oscars, whether or not they are actually honest about it, have long represented the Best of the Best. People don't talk about winning Golden Globes or Independent Spirit Awards much. They talk about Academy Awards. And we all have opinions as to who should win, even if there's not a chance in Hell of it actually happening. What I don't want to see happen, is I don't want to see the awards turn into Affirmative Action. Because this is first and foremost a celebration of ART. And
On one hand, the Oscars, whether or not they are actually honest about it, have long represented the Best of the Best. People don't talk about winning Golden Globes or Independent Spirit Awards much. They talk about Academy Awards. And we all have opinions as to who should win, even if there's not a chance in Hell of it actually happening. What I don't want to see happen, is I don't want to see the awards turn into Affirmative Action. Because this is first and foremost a celebration of ART. And people who win get to enjoy that high for maybe a day before they go back to work. Last year I felt like the snubs were more obvious. Outside of Benicio Del Toro and Idris Elba, who else deserved to be recognized that wasn't? Who else turned in possible career-best performances?
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12:11PM on 01/23/2016
This is the end of the Oscars being a credible award. It's stature will never be the same. Next year votes will be based solely on race for any voters to make a point, mark my word. It's just sad...
This is the end of the Oscars being a credible award. It's stature will never be the same. Next year votes will be based solely on race for any voters to make a point, mark my word. It's just sad...
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12:32PM on 01/24/2016
As I said in the other post, don't be surprised when the name Tyler Perry pops up in the best director category. I predict a very "dark time" (pun intended) at the Oscars next year.
As I said in the other post, don't be surprised when the name Tyler Perry pops up in the best director category. I predict a very "dark time" (pun intended) at the Oscars next year.
11:53AM on 01/23/2016
Bored of this now - the discussion shouldn't be around diversity because not enough to black people are being nominated as that itself become discriminatory to other minorities that are under represented. Do we want to create a sense in the future of 'you were only nominated or you only won' cos you're black. It makes me laugh that people whine about under representation, which may be true depending on how you look at it, but in the same breathe forget that the show, which is a huge annual
Bored of this now - the discussion shouldn't be around diversity because not enough to black people are being nominated as that itself become discriminatory to other minorities that are under represented. Do we want to create a sense in the future of 'you were only nominated or you only won' cos you're black. It makes me laugh that people whine about under representation, which may be true depending on how you look at it, but in the same breathe forget that the show, which is a huge annual event, had huge coverage and mass appeal is being hosted by ....Yep you guessed it - a black man
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10:20AM on 01/23/2016

Look past Will Smith for a second

This is not about who wasn't nominated just this year but about who's doing the nominating and how that affects how the industry as a whole works. If you don't see how the power of a board of 95% white men determining who is or isn't worthy for the highest recognition leads to an industry that justifies the almost exclusively white casting of films like "Gods of Egypt" or "Exodus", then it's because you're not willing to understand the problem. When the Academy, as gatekeepers of this industry,
This is not about who wasn't nominated just this year but about who's doing the nominating and how that affects how the industry as a whole works. If you don't see how the power of a board of 95% white men determining who is or isn't worthy for the highest recognition leads to an industry that justifies the almost exclusively white casting of films like "Gods of Egypt" or "Exodus", then it's because you're not willing to understand the problem. When the Academy, as gatekeepers of this industry, says petty clearly, these are the kinds of roles we find this group of people believable in, the money men listen. Casting directors listen. Acting schools and aspiring actors/writers listen. Don't believe there's a problem? Look up the 20 best actor nominations received by black actors up to this point.
We have in order: an escaped convict, a nomadic handyman, a boxer, another convict, a jazz musician, a driver, a reformed convict, an abusive drug addled husband who is later convicted, another convict, a falsely imprisoned convict, a corrupt cop, a boxer, a drug addled musician arrested multiple times, one HERO, a drug selling pimp eventually convicted, a dictator, a down on his luck dad (arrested for parking ticket violations), a wrongly imprisoned convict who inspired the world, a drug addled pilot who's eventually incarcerated and a slave. Simplified? Maybe, but you can't deny there's a conspicuous trend.
"But the Academy doesn't make these films." No it doesn't, yet its influence based on who it chooses to recognise and in what kinds of performances, directly informs the people who do make movies on what kind of stories they have the best shot at telling and gaining traction with a black cast. Which is how you wind up with the great Sir Ridley candidly explaining, ďI canít mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. Iím just not going to get it financed. So the question doesnít even come up.Ē And that's real. All the people talking about it should be about the performance and equal consideration to all, I agree. But clearly the industry doesn't because it is a business and what we have to change is the business model that doesn't allow for equal consideration for roles across the board.
This is bigger than Will Smith. It's bigger than 2015. The step to build a healthy rotation of voters based on their activity in the industry is a step in the right direction because it will expand the scope of stories, characters and filmmakers that make it through, which is better for every body. I'm as sick as everyone else of unfunny comedies and Tyler Perry in drag. He probably is too. But I understand the systemic problem that determines which stories/ characters find backing. It's a difficult thing to acknowledge because we all love movies and hate the idea that the industry that makes them might be kind of broken or unfair. I'd rather just shit on Tyler Perry or Tim Story too.
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10:42AM on 01/23/2016
"But, but, diversity is racism! We can't let people speak up about this issue because it's low-level terrorism!"

Just wanted to include that quote because it sums up other people on these boards will view your completely accurate statements. Hollywood, as a whole, is a problem. As you mentioned, the Academy is just one platform that perpetuates the issues of representation for minorities in their respected categories. When people reference networks like BET for being racists against other
"But, but, diversity is racism! We can't let people speak up about this issue because it's low-level terrorism!"

Just wanted to include that quote because it sums up other people on these boards will view your completely accurate statements. Hollywood, as a whole, is a problem. As you mentioned, the Academy is just one platform that perpetuates the issues of representation for minorities in their respected categories. When people reference networks like BET for being racists against other races don't realize why BET was created to begin with, same with ALMA (American Latino Media Arts Award). When a majority of minority actors are cast in roles that capture the stereotype of their ethnic group, the people applaud the Academy, and other award shows, for recognizing this performance. Recent criticisms of people calling fowl on this entire issue being regarded as simply bitching don't get what is happening. The fact that people are willing to accept an almost all white cast in "Gods of Egypt", "Exodus", "Prince of Persia", or "Noah" but call for boycotts on films like "Fantastic Four", "The Dark Tower", or "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for casting a fictional character as a black person then you are a hypocrite.

People referencing the very few black directors in Hollywood for not branching out and making films that set them apart and worthy of award recognition then reflect on these directors being able to follow through with passion projects of theirs. The only director I can think of with creative freedom and the ability to make "worthy" films is Antoine Fuqua. But let's not just talk about blacks. What about Hispanics and Asians that are underrepresented even more so? Well, those people don't matter do they? Because if we try to include more diversity in our films then we're trying to be politically correct and casting for the sake of race instead of sheer talent. This is truly what comes out of people's mouths and they don't realize just how stupid they sound. I hate to sound cliche, but there's a lot that goes over people's heads if they are not a minority. They see things on a surface level based on their own experiences, or lack of, but when it comes to other people--with unique experiences--well these people are just complaining for no reason.
1:12PM on 01/23/2016
@Roy Batty, ultimately these are anonymous discussion boards and folks are going to say what they're going to say. This one guy below keeps saying, "Remember those 2 occasions when a black guy lost out to another black guy? There is NO racism." It's adorably scary how fixated we become on our notions of fairness and use drop in the ocean examples like that to justify what we want to believe. And ignore the "Remember the other 85 out of 87 times when that didn't happen because statistically
@Roy Batty, ultimately these are anonymous discussion boards and folks are going to say what they're going to say. This one guy below keeps saying, "Remember those 2 occasions when a black guy lost out to another black guy? There is NO racism." It's adorably scary how fixated we become on our notions of fairness and use drop in the ocean examples like that to justify what we want to believe. And ignore the "Remember the other 85 out of 87 times when that didn't happen because statistically nominating more than one minority in the same category is an aberration and not a shining example of equality?" type questions. The good news is the powers that be have somehow been able to remove themselves enough from the situation and realize they have a problematic system on their hands. Small steps forward, better movies for everybody.
7:45AM on 01/23/2016
positive discrimination = racism
PERIOD !
positive discrimination = racism
PERIOD !
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6:44AM on 01/23/2016

Define diversity

Btw is just black film-makers who need representation? What about the Asians and Hispanics?
Btw is just black film-makers who need representation? What about the Asians and Hispanics?
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1:41AM on 01/23/2016

House of cards...

This will never be solved.
This will never be solved.
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12:55AM on 01/23/2016

OMG

Stop saying there is no diversity there is plenty maybe stop making horrible unfunny comedies than. Or movie like the perfect guy that are so cliche. And Spike Lee needs to keep his mouth shut because he hasn't made a solid film since 1995. I feel if they just make better acted movie with black people won't be a problem and to be honest I really don't see many white movies that are acted this well either like why would you pick the martin like that movie was god awful talk about a nice
Stop saying there is no diversity there is plenty maybe stop making horrible unfunny comedies than. Or movie like the perfect guy that are so cliche. And Spike Lee needs to keep his mouth shut because he hasn't made a solid film since 1995. I feel if they just make better acted movie with black people won't be a problem and to be honest I really don't see many white movies that are acted this well either like why would you pick the martin like that movie was god awful talk about a nice recruiment vid for nasa.
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7:54AM on 01/23/2016
Well, when unfunny comedies are all you're offered, what's a black person to do? Also, lets not forget if someone appears to be non-white Hispanic, you better believe they're playing a gang banger.
Well, when unfunny comedies are all you're offered, what's a black person to do? Also, lets not forget if someone appears to be non-white Hispanic, you better believe they're playing a gang banger.
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12:43AM on 01/23/2016
Well why don't the people who don't think their race was represented enough, step up and say just which white actor doesn't deserve their nomination, and tell us who should be nominated instead. Then while they're at it, they can stand up and talk about BET's discrimination for not having other races represented enough as well.

This is a huge Joke, and i just feel bad for Leo
Well why don't the people who don't think their race was represented enough, step up and say just which white actor doesn't deserve their nomination, and tell us who should be nominated instead. Then while they're at it, they can stand up and talk about BET's discrimination for not having other races represented enough as well.

This is a huge Joke, and i just feel bad for Leo
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10:41PM on 01/22/2016
Keep in mind this is the same organization that recognized 3-6 mafia before Martin Scorsese.
Keep in mind this is the same organization that recognized 3-6 mafia before Martin Scorsese.
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9:06PM on 01/22/2016
This wouldn't have happened if Denzel
released a movie this past year.
This wouldn't have happened if Denzel
released a movie this past year.
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9:00PM on 01/22/2016

Hey Adam From Ohio...

DO you remember that 88-year history where out of 1000-1500 Oscars that have been awarded African American only won 32 times, a winning percentage of about 1-2%. And do you remember the time an African American won the best director award...wait, that's right it has never happened. And this is just considering black artists, shall we discuss how every other culture has been unrepresented in the awards show. But yeah, go ahead and point to two of the four years where more than one black actor
DO you remember that 88-year history where out of 1000-1500 Oscars that have been awarded African American only won 32 times, a winning percentage of about 1-2%. And do you remember the time an African American won the best director award...wait, that's right it has never happened. And this is just considering black artists, shall we discuss how every other culture has been unrepresented in the awards show. But yeah, go ahead and point to two of the four years where more than one black actor has been nominated for Best Actor as the bandaid which heals this cut. I am not sure whether this action will help or not, I might have shortened the time frame to 5-years, but it's a start. And it's an awknoledgement that there is an issue.
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8:37PM on 01/22/2016

Oscars for Everyone!

This weekend I'mma get drunk and hand out fake mini Oscars to every colored person I see on the street.
This weekend I'mma get drunk and hand out fake mini Oscars to every colored person I see on the street.
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9:27PM on 01/22/2016
LOL, dude that would be awesome.
LOL, dude that would be awesome.
8:12PM on 01/22/2016
Remember when Will Smith was nominated for an Oscar twice and lost out to Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker? Clearly an example of the Academy's racism.
Remember when Will Smith was nominated for an Oscar twice and lost out to Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker? Clearly an example of the Academy's racism.
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12:04AM on 01/23/2016
Denzel as a crooked cop and Forrrest as murderous African dictator. If thats racism (using your context) then Yes, I guess the Academy hates heroic positive potrayal of blacks.
Denzel as a crooked cop and Forrrest as murderous African dictator. If thats racism (using your context) then Yes, I guess the Academy hates heroic positive potrayal of blacks.
1:17PM on 01/23/2016
@Adam from Ohio. Remember when 95% of over 1,700 acting nominations have gone to white actors? Stick with the best performance should be nominated or black people should make better movies arguments, which are equally misguided as they miss the point but are not flat out misrepresentations of the whole story. The numbers simply do not portend a fair system.
@Adam from Ohio. Remember when 95% of over 1,700 acting nominations have gone to white actors? Stick with the best performance should be nominated or black people should make better movies arguments, which are equally misguided as they miss the point but are not flat out misrepresentations of the whole story. The numbers simply do not portend a fair system.
2:45PM on 01/23/2016
@Bantu_Steve You are the one using statistics from the 1920s and '30s to pretend a problem still exists today. Both of the years I referenced were this millennium. Out of the 320 actors and actresses nominated for an Academy Award since the year 2000, 45 of them are nonwhite. That comes to 14%. Blacks make up around 13% of the US population. The representation they receive at the Oscars is very fair.
@Bantu_Steve You are the one using statistics from the 1920s and '30s to pretend a problem still exists today. Both of the years I referenced were this millennium. Out of the 320 actors and actresses nominated for an Academy Award since the year 2000, 45 of them are nonwhite. That comes to 14%. Blacks make up around 13% of the US population. The representation they receive at the Oscars is very fair.
3:09PM on 01/23/2016
Bantu you are looking at an 88 year history of the Academy. Yes the first half of the Academy's existence had far less black nominees because movies in general didn't hire many black actors. What I'm more interested in is the Academy in more recent times. The last ten years I would say it has been pretty diverse. I also do not see how the argument of nominating the people that deserve it is misguided? Should people non deserving be nominated based on meeting a quota? Lupita Nyong'o, Octavia
Bantu you are looking at an 88 year history of the Academy. Yes the first half of the Academy's existence had far less black nominees because movies in general didn't hire many black actors. What I'm more interested in is the Academy in more recent times. The last ten years I would say it has been pretty diverse. I also do not see how the argument of nominating the people that deserve it is misguided? Should people non deserving be nominated based on meeting a quota? Lupita Nyong'o, Octavia Spencer, Forrest Whitaker, Denzel Washington, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jaimie Foxx, and the writers and producers of 12 Years a Slave can all say they earned their Oscars. Moving forward now, black nominations and wins are going to be scrutinized, whether or not it was deserved, by a lot of people that will chalk their success up to the Academy just saving face.
4:41PM on 01/23/2016
@Adam from Ohio and Brer B8a: This millennium has witnessed a somewhat more diverse group of talents being recognised and that's great. And while the convenient sample of the past 16 years (as opposed to the whole 87) does paint a brighter picture, on its own, it can't be considered a representation of the whole truth. The fact that things seem to be getting fairer isn't the same as things are definitely already fairer and no change is needed. The announcement by the Academy that they intend to
@Adam from Ohio and Brer B8a: This millennium has witnessed a somewhat more diverse group of talents being recognised and that's great. And while the convenient sample of the past 16 years (as opposed to the whole 87) does paint a brighter picture, on its own, it can't be considered a representation of the whole truth. The fact that things seem to be getting fairer isn't the same as things are definitely already fairer and no change is needed. The announcement by the Academy that they intend to push for a healthier rotation of voters should be a good thing, for EVERYONE. Not some push to ensure blacks are definitely nominated each year to fill some quota but that the people in a position to vote are a continuously evolving bunch who are actively involved in the industry.
The reason that's important (and the reason I called those other 2 arguments misleading and said they miss the point) is that it's not simply about who does or does not get nominated but who's actually doing the nomination in the first place. It's no coincidence that a body made up of 95% white males has somehow handed 95% of its nominations to white performers. The reason the nominations over the past 2 decades has expanded to be more inclusive is not that suddenly black people became good actors/actresses but that the Academy has seen a more inclusive membership of its votership. Which has led to a more expansive scope for stories and and roles and behind the camera positions. THAT's the reason this move is important. It's the reason the Academy Awards are important.
Moving forward, nominations will be as scrutinised as they always have been. People said "Selma" only got nominated because of political correctness, as if it being one of the best-reviewed movies of the year was just a coincidence. Higher even than fellow Best Picture nominees like "Theory of Everything" or "American Sniper". There will always be movies or performances that people feel should or shouldn't be nominated and ultimately that's besides the point. The point is the votership of the industry's gatekeeping body should be more reflective of the industry. The voters, not necessarily the nominees. And I believe that's what the Academy is working on.
8:04PM on 01/22/2016
I haven't watched Will Smith in Concussion nor Spike Lee's Chi Raq yet but are they really Oscar worthy? Supposing that Will Smith got nominated this year but Spike Lee wasn't, will he and wife boycott Oscar? Now that they change their membership policy, it really sounds like they're really covering their asses.
I haven't watched Will Smith in Concussion nor Spike Lee's Chi Raq yet but are they really Oscar worthy? Supposing that Will Smith got nominated this year but Spike Lee wasn't, will he and wife boycott Oscar? Now that they change their membership policy, it really sounds like they're really covering their asses.
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8:08PM on 01/22/2016
All Will Smith has done is ensure that he will never get an Oscar. He could give a performance better than Marlon Brando in The Godfather (unlikely, I know) and probably won't even be nominated. Not because he's black, but because he's a whiny bitch. He's been nominated twice in the past and lost out to Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. Last I checked they are black.
All Will Smith has done is ensure that he will never get an Oscar. He could give a performance better than Marlon Brando in The Godfather (unlikely, I know) and probably won't even be nominated. Not because he's black, but because he's a whiny bitch. He's been nominated twice in the past and lost out to Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. Last I checked they are black.
8:13PM on 01/22/2016
That is true. Smith was superb in Ali but lately (as I haven't seen Concussion yet) I don't see that kind of performance from him.
That is true. Smith was superb in Ali but lately (as I haven't seen Concussion yet) I don't see that kind of performance from him.
8:01PM on 01/22/2016
The problem with all of this is that in the future when there is a black nominee, the question being asked will be did they deserve this or are they only in there because the Acadamy is covering their asses? This is just a completely unfortunate situation. It's interesting that there are no black nominees but I also remind myself that the Academy also awarded an Oscar to 3 6 Mafia.
The problem with all of this is that in the future when there is a black nominee, the question being asked will be did they deserve this or are they only in there because the Acadamy is covering their asses? This is just a completely unfortunate situation. It's interesting that there are no black nominees but I also remind myself that the Academy also awarded an Oscar to 3 6 Mafia.
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8:05PM on 01/22/2016
It really sounds like they're covering their asses.
It really sounds like they're covering their asses.
7:55PM on 01/22/2016
Has it really come to this? "I don't think any of these black actors gave a better performance than these five white actors this year." "OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!"

Seriously, WTF? We're talking about awards that are based on opinions here. By definition, they're awarded on a subjective basis. How do you enforce "equality" on such a situation unless you're deciding that one person's opinion is worth more than someone else's?
Has it really come to this? "I don't think any of these black actors gave a better performance than these five white actors this year." "OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!"

Seriously, WTF? We're talking about awards that are based on opinions here. By definition, they're awarded on a subjective basis. How do you enforce "equality" on such a situation unless you're deciding that one person's opinion is worth more than someone else's?
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7:53PM on 01/22/2016
Any word on whether the BET Awards are going to stop discriminating? No because that wouldn't be racist.
Any word on whether the BET Awards are going to stop discriminating? No because that wouldn't be racist.
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7:47PM on 01/22/2016
Fuck those whiny bitches. Instead of complaining they should focus on making quality movies. I wouldn't be surprised if Tyler Perry is nominated for next year Best Director. What a fucking waste.
Fuck those whiny bitches. Instead of complaining they should focus on making quality movies. I wouldn't be surprised if Tyler Perry is nominated for next year Best Director. What a fucking waste.
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7:14PM on 01/22/2016

What is active?

What does "active" mean? If a person has one film credit in the past ten years would they be considered active or is there an arbitrary number of credits you must have? Or is it "You must make at least one film every __ years." What of Academy members who mostly work in television or live theater? What about Oscar winner Nicolas Cage whose movies now go direct-to-video? I need to know more details before I form an opinion. But if it means Terrence Malick wouldn't have been eligible to vote in
What does "active" mean? If a person has one film credit in the past ten years would they be considered active or is there an arbitrary number of credits you must have? Or is it "You must make at least one film every __ years." What of Academy members who mostly work in television or live theater? What about Oscar winner Nicolas Cage whose movies now go direct-to-video? I need to know more details before I form an opinion. But if it means Terrence Malick wouldn't have been eligible to vote in the '90s or Quentin Tarantino won't be in 15-20 years if he's serious about retirement, it's probably not a good idea. Why trust only people who have been active in the past ten years when the last ten years have largely consisted of reboots, remakes, unnecessary sequels, found footage garbage, Adam Sandler comedies, etc.?
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6:42PM on 01/22/2016

I'm pretty sure this clip encampsulates what most of us think

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6:29PM on 01/22/2016
Terrorism wins again!
Terrorism wins again!
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6:29PM on 01/22/2016
I'm all for more diversity when it comes to the Oscars, but just make sure the focus remains on the merit of the performances. I can tell Idris Elba probably deserved a nod for Beasts Of No Nation, but was Creed really worthy of an Oscar in any category, (including the supposed snub of Michael B. Jordan in the lead and the actual nomination of Sly in supporting actor)?
I'm all for more diversity when it comes to the Oscars, but just make sure the focus remains on the merit of the performances. I can tell Idris Elba probably deserved a nod for Beasts Of No Nation, but was Creed really worthy of an Oscar in any category, (including the supposed snub of Michael B. Jordan in the lead and the actual nomination of Sly in supporting actor)?
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7:22PM on 01/22/2016
Yes. Creed was worthy of an Oscar in two categories: Supporting Actor and Cinematography. However, Jordan was not. Samuel L. Jackson was at the very least bettter in The Hateful Eight than Matt Damon in The Martian, but the biggest snub for that movie was Walton Goggins, a white guy.

I think one solution is to expand the number of nominees, but not make the expansion mandatory. In other words, if #6 and #7 come within 10-20 votes of #5, they're nominated but if it's a difference of 50 votes
Yes. Creed was worthy of an Oscar in two categories: Supporting Actor and Cinematography. However, Jordan was not. Samuel L. Jackson was at the very least bettter in The Hateful Eight than Matt Damon in The Martian, but the biggest snub for that movie was Walton Goggins, a white guy.

I think one solution is to expand the number of nominees, but not make the expansion mandatory. In other words, if #6 and #7 come within 10-20 votes of #5, they're nominated but if it's a difference of 50 votes there are still only five nominees. Sort of like what they do with Best Picture now where there can be anywhere between five and ten nominees depending on how the voting plays out.
2:07AM on 01/23/2016
supporting actor absolutely, simply because Stallones performance was the culmination of 40 years of a performance that has spanned 5 decades.
supporting actor absolutely, simply because Stallones performance was the culmination of 40 years of a performance that has spanned 5 decades.
9:59AM on 01/23/2016
I do like the idea of expanding the number of nominees. Perhaps they should go that route. As for Sly, it is a good point that he has been sculpting this character over the years and sort of bringing him full circle, so I can see that.
I do like the idea of expanding the number of nominees. Perhaps they should go that route. As for Sly, it is a good point that he has been sculpting this character over the years and sort of bringing him full circle, so I can see that.
9:59AM on 01/23/2016
I do like the idea of expanding the number of nominees. Perhaps they should go that route. As for Sly, it is a good point that he has been sculpting this character over the years and sort of bringing him full circle, so I can see that.
I do like the idea of expanding the number of nominees. Perhaps they should go that route. As for Sly, it is a good point that he has been sculpting this character over the years and sort of bringing him full circle, so I can see that.
6:21PM on 01/22/2016

What year is it?

So now diversity is a form of racism and the actors, directors, and writers "bitching" and "whinning" all must be black people, right? Wrong! Spike Lee and Will Smith aren't the only people speaking out about this. Does anyone know George Clooney or Mark Ruffalo? Two white actors who recently released statements about the Academy. Over 80 percent of the Academy are white men over 50 years old. The Academy should reflect the diversity of modern Hollywood, not old 1950s Hollywood. And who's
So now diversity is a form of racism and the actors, directors, and writers "bitching" and "whinning" all must be black people, right? Wrong! Spike Lee and Will Smith aren't the only people speaking out about this. Does anyone know George Clooney or Mark Ruffalo? Two white actors who recently released statements about the Academy. Over 80 percent of the Academy are white men over 50 years old. The Academy should reflect the diversity of modern Hollywood, not old 1950s Hollywood. And who's saying we should consider actors/actresses on the basis of their race? It seems most people agreed that Idris Elba deserved a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
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7:35PM on 01/22/2016
Elba may have deserved a nomination, but who's to say the snub had anything to do with his race? Given how often the Academy have awarded and nominated minorities, including just two years ago, and given the fact that such an acclaimed film wasn't nominated in ANY category, it's more likely that the Academy is scared of what Netflix means for the film industry.

Will Smith even pointed out that although he has never won an Oscar he's also never lost one to a white actor. He lost to Denzel
Elba may have deserved a nomination, but who's to say the snub had anything to do with his race? Given how often the Academy have awarded and nominated minorities, including just two years ago, and given the fact that such an acclaimed film wasn't nominated in ANY category, it's more likely that the Academy is scared of what Netflix means for the film industry.

Will Smith even pointed out that although he has never won an Oscar he's also never lost one to a white actor. He lost to Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.
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6:15PM on 01/22/2016
Most people don't understand what racism is. Diversity is a type of racism, plain and simple. If you have to give awards to a certain percentage of ethic groups in order to maintain diversity, then you are actually giving awards BECAUSE of their race, and not their talent. By making these awards an issue of diversity, the black community is showing that they do not understand what racism is. The right people should get the awards they deserve and nothing else matters, skin colour is not a
Most people don't understand what racism is. Diversity is a type of racism, plain and simple. If you have to give awards to a certain percentage of ethic groups in order to maintain diversity, then you are actually giving awards BECAUSE of their race, and not their talent. By making these awards an issue of diversity, the black community is showing that they do not understand what racism is. The right people should get the awards they deserve and nothing else matters, skin colour is not a factor.
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6:26PM on 01/22/2016
Your comment is a form of racism. First, you state diversity is a form of racism as if it's synonymous with Affirmative Action, which it isn't. Second, since when does the opinion of two black actors represent the entire mindset of the black community? Way to make a huge generalization. Finally, you're right, the right people should get awards based on the voting of a predominately white Academy. Fair is fair.
Your comment is a form of racism. First, you state diversity is a form of racism as if it's synonymous with Affirmative Action, which it isn't. Second, since when does the opinion of two black actors represent the entire mindset of the black community? Way to make a huge generalization. Finally, you're right, the right people should get awards based on the voting of a predominately white Academy. Fair is fair.
6:32PM on 01/22/2016
So very very true Diblob. Race shouldn't be an issue ever. What are they supposed to have done, replace Leo with Michael B. Jordon because they didn't have any black nominees? That's bullshit!
So very very true Diblob. Race shouldn't be an issue ever. What are they supposed to have done, replace Leo with Michael B. Jordon because they didn't have any black nominees? That's bullshit!
7:44PM on 01/22/2016
"Second, since when does the opinion of two black actors represent the entire mindset of the black community?" They've been talking as if they do represent it.
"Second, since when does the opinion of two black actors represent the entire mindset of the black community?" They've been talking as if they do represent it.
8:06PM on 01/22/2016
You're dead on balls accurate diblob!
You're dead on balls accurate diblob!
8:26PM on 01/22/2016
Vits, by your logic, Donald Trump must represent the entire mindset of the Republican Party because he's been talking like he does. Doesn't make it true.
Vits, by your logic, Donald Trump must represent the entire mindset of the Republican Party because he's been talking like he does. Doesn't make it true.
6:09PM on 01/22/2016
Correction, Academy announces membership changes after recent bitching, moaning and low level terrorism.
Correction, Academy announces membership changes after recent bitching, moaning and low level terrorism.
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6:04PM on 01/22/2016
Next year, if all the nominees are white again, people won't be able to complain anymore. They will understand that sometimes the best performers of one year can all be from the same race. Great!
Next year, if all the nominees are white again, people won't be able to complain anymore. They will understand that sometimes the best performers of one year can all be from the same race. Great!
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8:06PM on 01/22/2016
Next year there will be black nominees and there will be another backlash because everyone will say they are only there to meet a quota, whether they deserve to be there or not. Everyone involved right now is shooting themselves in the foot.
Next year there will be black nominees and there will be another backlash because everyone will say they are only there to meet a quota, whether they deserve to be there or not. Everyone involved right now is shooting themselves in the foot.
6:01PM on 01/22/2016
Maybe Spike Lee or Will Smith should make better films than spending all their time complaining.
Maybe Spike Lee or Will Smith should make better films than spending all their time complaining.
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6:22PM on 01/22/2016
So you're assuming the only reason they're complaining is because they weren't nominated?
So you're assuming the only reason they're complaining is because they weren't nominated?
9:35PM on 01/22/2016
@ Roy - To me, and maybe the general public, that's the only reason they're complaining. Spike Lee is past his prime so instead of rambling nonsense and throwing the racist card every chance he gets, he needs to focus on making quality picture, and Will Smith is... well Will Smith.
@ Roy - To me, and maybe the general public, that's the only reason they're complaining. Spike Lee is past his prime so instead of rambling nonsense and throwing the racist card every chance he gets, he needs to focus on making quality picture, and Will Smith is... well Will Smith.
5:58PM on 01/22/2016
Make sense. No reason why someone who was a filmmaker in say the 50's but hasn't done anything since be able to vote.
Make sense. No reason why someone who was a filmmaker in say the 50's but hasn't done anything since be able to vote.
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9:37PM on 01/22/2016
Well then expect the name Tyler Perry to appear among the nominees next year. What a fucking joke.
Well then expect the name Tyler Perry to appear among the nominees next year. What a fucking joke.
5:54PM on 01/22/2016
What a bunch of whiny bitches if you ask me.
What a bunch of whiny bitches if you ask me.
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