Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Topic Of The Day: Let's Put #OscarsSoWhite To Bed

Up until the actual Oscar ceremony, I've talked quite extensively about this whole #OscarsSoWhite controversy. But now that the ceremony has taken place, I want to, for the last time, touch upon that ridiculous hashtag and say why we should put it to bed. Shall we?

Now in Chris Rock's opening monologue, and throughout the show, he touched upon how much black talent got ignored. But what about talent of other ethnicities? How about Asians or Latinos? Where was the outrage over their omissions? Also, since the word diversity was constantly brought up, it doesn't just refer to race but also gender and even sexuality. But we did see certain groups be recognized. 

For example, we saw Margaret Sixel, a female editor, win Best Film Editing which is a category that is typically a boy's club. Bear Story, the Animated Short winner, was done by Chilean filmmakers, making it the first Oscar win for the country of Chile. Amy, the Best Documentary winner, was directed by an Indian Brit named Asif Kapadia. Documentary Short winner A Girl On The River: The Price of Forgiveness was directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Cheenoy, a Pakistani woman. Mexicans Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu and Emmanuel Lubezki won consecutive Oscars for The Revenant. Even if I hated the song, it was neat to see an openly gay man, Sam Smith, win Best Original Song. Heck, we even had Alicia Vikander from Sweden as our Best Supporting Actress winner. 

So I wish that when looking to diversity, people would just stop thinking in a black and white manner. Yes, there was terrific work by black talent last year. But we should look at the great work by other ethnic or sex-oriented groups as well as black talent. It makes those that have boycotted the ceremony seem like they should be entitled to get nominated just for their skin color and we don't want that.

Anyways, we did see diversity be represented on Sunday night. But unfortunately, it seems that people just weren't looking hard enough. What do you guys think? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section on how far this #OscarsSoWhite controversy is getting and let's hope that for next season, we never have to see that hashtag appear. Thanks for reading!