And the Nominees Are... White

January 16, 2015 4:31 PM

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That was the text I got from one of my best friends the morning of Oscar nominations, starting my day here in sunny Los Angeles. It is that time of year again, and one of the highest rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes (99%) and of great critical acclaim only gets a nod for Best Picture and Best Song. No acting noms for any people of color, and women noticeably absent beyond actress categories. Selma, a movie that is powerfully directed and incredibly cast, with some phenomenal supporting roles for actors both black and white, who portrayed people pivotal to the narrative of an important moment in our American history, and its talented director, Ava DuVernay, is practically shut out of the show. How does a film lauded for its greatness and harbors a nomination in the best picture category completely miss out for everything else except a song that plays as the credits roll?

What does this say about Hollywood? Twitter erupted with the trending hashtag of the moment, #OscarsSoWhite, and few can blame people for the frustration and disappointment they purport with some hilarity and biting truth. I have seen most of the other nominees, and plan on seeing the rest over the ...

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