The Oscars are tonight, or as I like to call it, my personal Superbowl. I love everything about the Oscars - the glitz, the glamour, the celebs, especially the red carpet. But I'm thinking about not watching this year - and not just because I'm sick (and I am - with strep throat so please send some well wishes - I need 'em!). The Academy just seems to be going backwards with its nominations - and it's hard to watch without feeling like the whole thing is, well, just off.
The following article helps articulate some of the issues that come along with #OscarsSoWhite. People of color are just not being nominated at a rate that reflects their numbers in the American population. Not one of the actors and actresses nominated this year is a person of color. Not. One. Even the Academy has acknowledged the issue and has pledged change. You can't get the Oscar Paycheck Bump if you don't win. You can't win if you're not nominated. You can't be nominated if there aren't quality roles on there for you. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Jennifer Lawrence (who doesn't?!?!?) But I want this article to extend to more people of color, not just to up-and-coming women in general.
So check out the article and let me know if you'll be watching. I haven't decided yet, so let me know your opinions for or against. It'll give me something to do as I suffer through this sickness. Thanks for brightening my day!
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