For the second time since 2000 no black actors or actresses were nominated in the four acting categories of the Academy Awards, and Al Sharpton is holding a meeting in Hollywood and threatening to protest the Oscars, telling the NY Daily News, “In the time of Staten Island and Ferguson, to have one of the most shutout Oscar nights in recent memory is something that is incongruous.”
The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that Selma was nominated for ‘Best Picture,’ it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations. With all of the talent in Selma and other Black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history. National Action Network (NAN) has formed a task force on the movie industry to deal with diversity as I engage in dialogue with Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets. I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards.
It’s ironic that in a year where one of the best picture nominees is the story of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., racial agitator Al Sharpton looks at the list of Oscar nominees and forgets one of Reverend King’s most often-quoted statements:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.