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18 January 2016 - Oscars 2016 and lack of diversity

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Oscars 2016: It’s a Nearly All-White Nominees’ List — Again

Cara Buckley (The New York Times, 14/01/2016)

#OscarsSoWhite, that damning hashtag that made the rounds last year, can again, unhappily, be revived for this year’s Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning.
“Straight Outta Compton,” a well-reviewed box office hit that many thought — and hoped — would squeak into a best picture nomination, only received one nomination, for best original screenplay (and, for what it’s worth, the writers are white). Idris Elba, who had been forecast to land on the best supporting actor list, and was the subject of a very hefty Netflix marketing push, did not. His spot on that list — assuming he had one — might have been taken by Sylvester Stallone, who came roaring back this year for his role in “Creed,” for which he won a Golden Globe on Sunday. In other words, the only Academy nods for two of the year’s biggest films about African-American characters went to white people.
Will Smith, a possible best actor nominee for “Concussion,” was not included either.

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Nominations snub

#OscarsSoWhiteAndStraight: the Academy fails at diversity yet again
Benjamin Lee (The Guardian, 14/01/2016)
The past year witnessed the launch of a slightly desperate PR campaign by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to show the world that it is totally not racist after last year’s vanilla nominations.
With the addition of a more diverse set of Academy members, including snubbed Selma director Ava DuVernay, and the hiring of Chris Rock for next month’s Oscars ceremony, it’s been the equivalent of someone saying something a bit offensive, but following it with, “But look, I have black friends,” for 12 months straight. Going into today’s nominations, it looked as if the notorious hashtag #OscarsSoWhite would be a thing of the past.
Idris Elba was a shoo-in for best supporting actor for his terrifying turn as a warlord in Beasts of No Nation. The box office smash Straight Outta Compton was seen as a likely best picture inclusion. Benicio del Toro was a strong contender for Sicario. Will Smith and Michael B Jordan were outsiders for best actor while Samuel L Jackson could also have sneaked in for best supporting.

Chris Rock
Oscars Host Chris Rock Comments on Lack of Diversity in Award Show's Nominees
Joi-Marie McKenzie (ABC News, 17/01/2016)
The host of the Oscars this year, Chris Rock, is weighing in on the award show's lack of diversity in nominations.
While tweeting his latest promo for the 88th Academy Awards, which will be broadcast on ABC on Feb. 28, he wrote as a caption, "The #Oscars. The White BET Awards."
And he's not the only celebrity chiming in on the issue over the weekend.
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Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith Hints At Boycott Of Oscars For Lack Of Diversity
Julia Brucculieri (The Huffington Post, 17/01/2016)
Following the backlash of yet another year of #OscarsSoWhite, Jada Pinkett Smith expressed her dismay on the awards' lack of diversity.
The "Magic Mike XXL" actress, 44, sent out a series of tweets over the weekend.
"At the Oscars ... people of color are always welcomed to give out awards ... even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments," she wrote, adding, "Should people of color refrain from participating all together?"
She continued, "People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment."
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"18 January 2016 - Oscars 2016 and lack of diversity", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2016. Consulté le 25/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/18-january-2016-oscars-2016-and-lack-of-diversity