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Friday, January 22, 2016

#OscarsSoWhite, Again: A Symptom of Hollywood's Racism and Negative Images of Non-Whites

#OscarsSoWhite, Again: A Symptom of Hollywood's Racism - New America Media again, the 2016 Academy Award best acting nominations are all white — a repeat of 2015 despite widespread criticism expressed by the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. But while reading about the Academy Award nominations, my thoughts truned to the tragic image of the late Misty Upham, a Native American actress of the Blackfeet Nation who appeared during the 2015 Oscars telecast in the “In Memoriam” montage while Meryl Streep looked on. There was some criticism by members of the Academy about why she was remembered and not others. Some accused Meryl Streep — Upham’s cast mate from “August: Osage County” — of adding her young costar to the montage and displacing others. Indeed, Upham was never nominated for an Oscar in her short life but many felt that she was about to break out when she died in October of 2014 year at the age of 32. Over a year later, her death, like that of so many Native American women, remains unsolved. This is the first time since 1998 that the Academy of Motion Pictures have not nominated a single African-American actor for two years in a row. Even films like “Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” which were viewed as Oscar contenders only garnered nominations for Sylvester Stallone and white writers Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff.
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