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Oscar Nominations Are Out And Still So White In 2016
14 January 2016
For the second year in a row, all 20 of the Oscar nominations for acting have gone to white people.
By John Green in Britain:
Why are films still so black and white?
Tuesday 26th January 2016
It is a terrible indictment of US society that in the 21st century we are still discussing this issue and still need to fight for equality.
This year not a single black or ethnic minority actor has been nominated at the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s own self-advertising razzmatazz.
Snoop Dog is more down to earth: “Fuck that old slavery award bullshit-ass award show.”
But then Charlotte Rampling really stepped in the bullshit by naively suggesting that there perhaps weren’t any good black actors worth nominating this year and that it is “racist to whites” to raise the issue in this way.
It is unfortunate, however, that the whole debate in the media centres on how many black nominations there are and how many are on the Academy board.
This only serves to distract from the central issue.
It is not really about statistics and the ratio between black, ethnic minority and female actors.
What we should be talking about is how Hollywood misrepresents society as a whole and how unrealistic are the films it makes.
If it truly reflected contemporary society, then blacks, women and other groups would be included automatically.
But Hollywood has never been about reflecting society — it is the dream factory in which, on the one hand, a purely fictional reality is projected or, on the other, a fantasy world of wars and destruction.
Veteran Chilean film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky was recently obliged to literally beg online for cash to help him finish his latest film.
In his passionate statement he said perceptively: “Cinema for us, for real artists, is not an industry, it’s not a business … We need a cinema that heals, not one that makes you ill, not a cinema of destruction; a cinema that talks only of money as if that is the essence of life.”
Directors like Jodorowsky, however talented, are marginalised by the Hollywood steamroller and are given little financial support to make films because, as he puts it, “Hollywood has colonised the whole planet.”
We live in a US-centred world. One that sees life through the lenses of US capitalism and steeped in neoliberal ideology.
In any country of the world, apart from perhaps India or China, you will find it easier to see Hollywood films and very difficult to see home-grown ones. That, too, is where there is a complete lack of diversity.
As a cinema-goer I am interested in experiencing an uplifting experience, one that informs, entertains and moves me.
I want to see and feel the rich diversity of our world, not one that is whitewashed and sanitised, in which the US is portrayed as a free world materialist utopia.
Nor do I want to see one war movie after another in which macho supermen reach orgasm by murdering their fellow human beings and where women are merely the pretty wallpaper backdrop for their antics.
Let us have diversity, yes, but a real one. But this can only come about by breaking Hollywood’s stranglehold on film production and distribution.
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