Last year was a big Oscar year for women and people of color in the entertainment industry. Kathryn Bigelow created a wave of hope when she received the award of best director for her film “The Hurt Locker.” In addition, African-American performer Mo’Nique won best supporting actress for her role in the film “Precious.” Geoffrey Fletcher also became the first African-American screenwriter to win an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
CNN’s Lisa Respers France explains, “…historically far fewer meaty dramatic roles, which are beloved by the academy, have been written or awarded to actors of color. She continues to explain that “women behind the camera are greatly outnumbered by men.”
This year’s focus to find nominees as diverse as last year’s successes does not represent the various cultures of Americans in front of and behind the camera in the film industry today. There are about 6,000 members at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences who vote on the nominations for the Oscars. It is shocking to see that the majority of the nominees selected to have produced the caliber of work to achieve Oscar’s standards were almost exclusively Caucasian in a country which prides itself on its melting pot of ethnicities.
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