The Oscars and Diversity: Why Should We Care?

The recent outcry from the public about the lack of diversity in the Oscars nominations has created a huge scandal. But is the Oscars really something that matters? Do these awards actually correlate with the general recognition received in popular cinema – critics and audiences alike? Is this issue something that we should focus on or should our attention be better spent elsewhere? This will discuss the history of the Academy Awards and the diversity of its nominees and winners, as well as recent trends.

  • Is it really the Oscars fault for not having any diversity for there nominations, or is it just the unfortunate truth that people of different races don't get as many opportunities for leading roles as someone who is white? There certainly is a reason for people being upset for the lack of diversity, but it seems it is being directed at the wrong people. 2006 was a year full of black nominees at the Oscars, so it is not like oscars are deliberately tying to shun out black actors. Also being upset over the lack of Oscar diversity is ok, but boycotting the Oscars over it seems to be way overboard. People are now encouraging Chris Rock to not host the Oscars because of this issue, and seems like people are missing the point that being asked to host the Oscars is a high honor in Hollywood, so lets not be ungrateful for that. Thats just my thoughts – Aaron Hatch 7 years ago
  • I have written a pending article on this topic. Please feel free to comment on it. – Munjeera 7 years ago

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