Tuesday, January 19, 2016

“Oscar” was accused of discriminating against black actors – BBC

Prior to the award ceremony “Oscar” in 2015 left a half months, but it is clear that the winners will feel at least uncomfortable. Immediately after the announcement of nominees for awards on January 14, the American Academy and academics began to accuse themselves in the hidden racism – in the acting categories was not a single black actor. Now, the presence at the celebration, which will take place on February 28 refused to director Spike Lee, winner of the honorary “Oscar-2015″, and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife. Spike Lee announced his decision in a social network Instagram.

«How is it possible that the second year in a row twenty applicants for acting prizes turned white?” – He said.

Whether bitterly remembered it every year, asked to comment on the lack of black candidates for the “Oscar” and added that now he would like to ask the same question to the Academy.

According to the director, the Oscar Academy turned away from the “real battle”, which takes place in the offices of the producers of Hollywood studios and TV channels. Li pointed out that they decide who will be nominated for the award and will give you the green light to a particular candidate. “People as we remain outside the room in which decisions until we go to the occasion, Oscar nominees will be only white,” – concluded Lee.

Black “Oscar»

The reason to beat anxiety in black filmmakers really have. “Oscar” has been awarded since 1929, won the first prize of Hattie McDaniel for his role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind” in 1939. But it was the role of the second plan, and it came to the main only in the 1950s. At first, Dorothy Dandridge claimed the award for “Carmen Jones,” then the best actor would be Sidney Poitier. Incidentally, he has received this award in 1964 for the film “Lilies of the Field”, and during the struggle against segregation began to receive royalties on a par with their white counterparts.

best actress at “Oscar” could only be Halle Berry in 2001 – for the melodrama “Monster’s Ball».

In general, among black applicants for “Oscar” were Lawrence Fishburn, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, Morgan Freeman. Twice received the award Denzel Washington – in 1990 for the film about the Civil War in the United States “Glory” (Best Supporting Actor) and in 2002 for the crime drama “Training Day” (Best Actor, four times Washington claimed ” Oscar “, but did not get it.

All in all black cast 15″ Oscars “, received over 887 awards ceremony that has taken place. Since this year’s list only the white applicants, this figure will not change 28 February. The latest award received in 2013 Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress in “12 Years a Slave”, her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor award that year did not get.

«Oscar” without leading

Leading the 88th ceremony of “Oscar” to become a comedian Chris Rock. He has led the show in 2005 and now must return the premium her audience that she lost a year ago, with Neil Patrick Harris (then the drop was almost 15% – with 43 million viewers in 2014 to 37 million).

However, things could change, and Chris Rock also joined the boycott of awards.

According to sources, publications Naughty Gossip, on the actor put pressure, demanding to abandon the role of the leader: many think that such a move will make progress in overcoming the “Oscar” of racial inequality.

However, Chris Rock is these requirements are not listening. It is, of course, responded to the exclusively white actor nomination, leaving a sarcastic comment in his Twitter, but leave the ceremony is not planned. On the contrary, in his opinion, it was during the show, he will be able to change the attitude of the people of his race.

In addition, he had already prepared a few jokes about white people.

Spike Lee, by the way, wrote in a statement that his move is not directed against Rock, whom he respects. Wish good luck to the master and Jada Pinkett Smith, who said that the best candidate for the role of master of ceremonies ‘Oscar’ is not found.

«Oscar” change the rules

The president of the American Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs It has released a special statement in which it promised “big changes”, which will affect the composition of the organization. Now the academy about 6 thousand. Representatives of the industry; Research in 2012, among its members, 77% of men and 94% of whites, and the average age was 63 years. Isaacs, who heads the Academy in the summer of 2013, recalled that in recent years there is a lot of work, which should bring more diversity in its composition. But, she said, the changes do not occur as quickly as desired.

«In the coming days and weeks we will revise the rules of admission of new members to bring the necessary variety ceremony next year and in the future “- said in its statement.

Isaacs recalled that the Academy has had to change the policy of admitting new members in 1960-1970-ies, when academics were quite young filmmakers that allowed “Oscar” to maintain relevance. Now, in her opinion, it is that the new members of the Academy were different in all respects – by sex, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. As this is done, the president of the academy did not specify.

Isaacs, by the way, became the third woman president of the American Academy and the first African-American woman to hold this post.

Who will get the “Oscar”

The nominees for the award “Oscar-2016″ were named January 14 . On the role of best actor claimed Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Matt Damon (“Martian”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Survivor”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Girl from Denmark”).

favorite award this year is DiCaprio,

according to forecasts, this role mauntimena and hunter in the western Alejandro González Iñárritu will be for the Oscar-winning actor. Before that DiCaprio four nominated for the American Academy and each time flew past the prize.

In the women’s category the favorite is likely to Brie Larson (“Room”), which won the “Golden Globe” and the award “Critics Choice”. Her rivals began Charlotte Rampling (“45″), Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”), Cate Blanchett (“Carol”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy»).

Among the actors starring the most likely winner of can be called Sylvester Stallone (“Creed Legacy Rocky»).

This is the seventh return of actor for the role of boxer Rocky Balboa for the best first film which Stallone had She was nominated for “Oscar”. The opponents at it – Christian Bale (“bearish”), Tom Hardy (“Survivor”), Mark Ruffalo (“Focus”) and Mark Raylens (“Spy Bridge»).

Among the Actress its second “Oscar” can get DiCaprio partner of “Titanic,” Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”). But rivals her strengths – Jennifer Jason Leigh (“disgusting eight”), Rooney Mara (“Carol”), Rachel McAdams (“Focus”) and Alicia Vikander (“The Girl from Denmark»).

Recall that the ceremony “Oscars” will be held in Los Angeles on February 28.


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