#OscarsSoWhite. #WhiteHouseSoBlack. Today was the day when somehow a movie can be nominated for Best Picture but the director of the same film can’t be nominated for Best Director. Well, we’ve seen that before. What we haven’t seen since 1998 is that none of the folks in who were major nominees were minorities.
Over at the Obama White House they know a little something about the story of a large and in charge Black man running things and being resented and shunned. Tomorrow night there will be a special screening of the movie Selma at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
Obviously the folks who were nominated shouldn’t be exempt for not being in a minority group. Several of those nominated were very deserving. But for a Oscars ceremony that only a year ago featured a film like 12 Years A Slave to revert back to the 1955 version of itself is whiplash inducing. Lord knows that members of the Academy are less diverse than the rest of the U.S. population. You can bet that the whining from Team LBJ that surely damaged Selma’s chances isn’t lost on our current President whose style and civil rights legacy is often compared to the 37th president.
With that, President Obama will host the film that was snubbed the hardest on Oscar nomination day: Selma. Friday night’s screening with the President will host the cast and crew. Who needs Hollywood?
Word is that Al Sharpton has called an “emergency meeting” on today’s Oscar nominations. “I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards,” Sharpton said. Note that Cheryl Boone Isaacs doesn’t think Hollywood has a diversity problem. Hey, she didn’t get selected to her position by accident.