A few days before the ceremony, the controversy that affects the absence of appointed minority crystallizes attention. Darnell Hunt, director of a center of African-American studies, said that this lack of diversity is not new.
For the second consecutive year, all actors and actresses nominated for the film High Mass are white. A situation that was the subject of sharp criticism from the Academy of Arts and Film Sciences, which organizes the ceremony on 28 February.
For Darnell Hunt,director of the CenterforAfrican American Studiesat theUniversity of California, Los Angeles(UCLA)and author of anannual report on thepresence of visible minoritiesin Hollywood,controversy, embodied onlinebythe hashtag#OscarsSoWhiteholdsactually atrend.
Thus, according to his last study, visible minorities remain under-represented in all sectors of Hollywood, roles of early plans to realization, screenwriting and even reality TV, although they constitute 40% of the US population.
Also, the bosses of the big American studios are men and 94% of them are white, while 92% of senior industry executives are white.
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) February 22, 2016
More diversity, more profits?
But Darnell Hunt argues that Hollywood may leave “money on the table” by not more promotion of cultural diversity, because films with a relatively diverse cast are often the most beneficial at the worldwide box office .
If black actors are not nominated this year, they will nonetheless be absent from the animation of the ceremony. All eyes will be riveted on the black and actor Chris Rock, host of the evening, who decided to stay in the saddle despite the boycott calls. According to industry voices, the facilitator should mention that Hollywood discomfort and even completely rewritten his statement after the boycott announced by actress Jada pinkette Smith, wife of Will Smith. “For the Oscars (…) people of color are always welcome to give price (…) or even to entertain the crowd,” said the actress on Twitter. “But we are rarely recognized for our artistic prowess. People of color do not they should collectively boycott the Oscars? “, She added.
Accused of institutional racism, the Academy is committed to double by 2020 the number of women and minority representatives among its voting members to the Oscar nominations, a proportion currently set at 24% and 7% respectively.
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) January 14, 2016