by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The nominations for the 2016 Oscars were announced Thursday and the verdict is in: they’re too damn white.
For every acting category at this year’s Academy Awards, every nominee happens to be a white person. This result was an outrage to many in the media and the Twittersphere went abuzz with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. For the second year in a row, all of the acting nods have gone to white performers, which apparently is a grave injustice to all people of color.
According to the critics, major films with great performances from black actors like “Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” were unfairly snubbed the Academy and something is nefarious is afoot in these glaring omissions. …
… If there is one thing certain about the Oscars, it’s that the awards show will leave out many qualified candidates and many of its choices for the “best” of any category seem out of touch with the zeitgeist. Remember, this is the same group that never gave Alfred Hitchcock an award and picked “Forrest Gump” over “Pulp Fiction.”
Many of the Academy’s choices are going to seem lame to people with more hip tastes than the supposedly stale geezers of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It’s just a fact of life.
To claim there’s some kind of unintentional racial prejudice involved in the selection process is just plain nonsensical, but that doesn’t stop the claims from being made. The woman who created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, April Regin, believes the Academy’s nominations amount to an “erasure of marginalized communities.”