The Academy Award nominations were released Thursday morning, and for the first time since 1998, not a single person of color was nominated in the acting or directing categories.
The 20 actors and five actors nominated for an Oscar were all white, and not surprisingly, race-pimps everywhere immediately jumped on the Academy Awards and accused them of racism.
The main snub of blacks this year came for the movie Selma, a biopic of Marin Luther King Jr. that was directed by a black woman and has received glowing reviews. Most pundits expected the male lead, David Oyelowo, and the director, Ava DuVernay, to each receive nominations. Instead, both were snubbed.
DuVernay’s nomination would have been particularly noteworthy, as she would have been the first black woman to ever receive a best director nomination at the Oscars. In the hours since the nominations were released, outraged race-baiters have gone online to express their outrage at the “racist” Academy Awards. Of course, these idiots are ignoring the litany of evidence that the Academy is not racist at all.
First of all, while an individual person was not nominated for Selma, the film itself was nominated for Best Picture in an elite group with only seven other films. The film is very pro-black and stars a cast made up almost entirely of African Americans, so if the Oscars are indeed “racist,” why would they nominate the movie in this category?
Secondly, the Oscars have proven in the last few years that they celebrate both black actors and directors for their work. Just last year, 12 Years a Slave won best picture. The film is a gritty portrayal of the plights of black slaves in the mid-1800s, and a racist institution would never choose to honor it with their highest award.
On top of that honor, 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o won the Best Supporting Actress award for the movie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for Best Actor.
In reality, the Oscars have shown in the last few years that they are more than willing to celebrate black actors and films for their work, should they be up to par. Race baiters may just not want to admit that there simply weren’t any films warranting nominations for black people this year.
Instead of blaming an awards ceremony for not recognizing their peers simply because of skin color, perhaps race pimps should focus more on Hollywood itself for not producing quality films that allow black actors and directors to shine.
H/T: Daily Mail