You might remember, in 2011, Morgan Freeman’s response in an interview with BET, when asked by the interviewer, Ronke Idowu Reeves, for his take on the lack of African American actors nominated in that year’s Oscars.
“I think we need to get over that shit. How many Chinese do you see? You don’t see them out marching and shit. Oh God please. I think … We need to get over it, that’s all.”
That post drew about 150 comments.
So, looking at this year’s tiny number of black actors, or black representation overall at this year’s Oscars, is what Morgan said, 2 years later, any easier a pill to swallow? Have you gotten “over that shit” yet?
In the *major* acting categories, Denzel Washington is nominated for Best Actor, and Quvenzhané Wallis is nominated for Best Actress. That’s it!
And the chances of either of them winning I’d say are slim right now. In the Best Actor category, it looks like it’s Daniel Day-Lewis’ to lose; and in the Best Actress category, Emmanuelle Riva and Jennifer Lawrence are getting much of the hype.
We could throw Django Unchained in the for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, but at the end of the day, it’s still ultimately a Quentin Tarantino film, with Harvey Weinstein’s backing, and it should be noted that none of the black actors in that film were nominated. The only acting nod went to Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor.
I also shouldn’t forget that War Witch (Rebelle) is nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. If the film had more press behind it, its star Rachel Mwanza might have been nominated in the Best Actress category as well.
In the Best Short Film Live Action category, there’s the Somalia-set Asad.
Adn while Beasts of the Southern Wild is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, it’s also worth noting that there isn’t a single film written and directed by a black director that’s nominated in any of the major categories (probably in the minor categories as well).
Oh well… “get over that shit,” as Morgan Freeman says.
Who are you rooting for on Sunday night (they don’t have to be black)? Who do you think will win? Who shouldn’t have been invited? Do you even care?