Why diversity of Oscar nominees matters beyond Hollywood
Welcome to the 87th Oscars. Tonight we honour Hollywood's best and whitest - sorry, brightest.- Neil Patrick Harris, hosting 2015 Academy Awards
The Oscar nominees have been announced and it's getting harder, and harder to see past the lack of diversity represented for many avid fans.
What a difference a year hasn't made.
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was created last year by activist and writer April Reign to help call attention to the lack of diversity in the field of Oscar nominated actors and movies. Yet again, the same hashtag can be used to highlight the same issue for this year's Academy Awards.
Twenty out of 20 of this year's acting nominees are white, and that's led to a call for an Oscars boycott. Prominent black stars, including Oscar winner Spike Lee, and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, say they won't attend this year's gala.
... At its best, Hollywood represents and then creates the imagery for beauty, but for my part, I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country - and make our Hollywood community - great. So when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it's not reflecting that beauty.- Actor Will Smith is boycotting the 2016 Academy Awards
Diversity and why it matters at the Oscars, in Hollywood, and in Canadian entertainment, is a conversation that is long overdue.
The Current's panel of film and media insiders include:
- Cameron Bailey is artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival.
- Rakhi Mutta is the director and producer of the web series Anarkali, and CEO of Ms. Mutta Productions.
- Amanda Parris is a writer and actor, and the host of CBC's Exhibitionists.
What do you think of the call to boycott the Oscars? Will you be watching?
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar.