May I gloat?
It’s about the 2017 Oscars, the winners and the nominees. In 2016, a year ago, Hollywood was put on notice that there would be hell to pay, because not one black person was nominated in any of the major award categories. Blacks, and others, were outraged. Many threatened to boycott the 2017 Academy Awards. Some actually did sit out the 2016 Awards because no blacks were included in the top twenty elite contenders.
Intimidation pays off.
Voila. This year, it’s no surprise that seven of the twenty top nominee contenders were, in fact, black. Not only that, Moonlight, a black directed, produced and staffed movie which was little-known, won Best Movie beating out the Golden Globe front runner, La La Land. Also, best Supporting Actor and Actress, each were won by blacks.
I’m not saying these awards were not deserved. That’s not really the point. I didn’t see every movie in contention. What I am saying is, deserved or not, when the blacks in Hollywood raise hell, changes happen based solely on race. Sadly, the salient issue from this point on will be to ensure a proportionate quota of blacks are nominated. (Anyone ever wonder why more Asian actors are not nominated? Answer: Because they don’t revert to intimidation) The statistical reversal for black nominees this year, surging over 2016 was clearly predictable. How do I know? I did the predicting.
One year ago, after the 2016 Oscar situation and all the hoopla, I wrote an article in which I said:
“The emboldened institution of black power has emerged with threats to “fix” the system. In the wake, don’t be surprised if we see a sudden blast of black nominees announced in 2017 – deserving or not. What matters most, it seems, is race.”
(For entire article from January, 2016, here’s the link: Click here: A NEW BLACK/WHITE ISSUE: THE OSCARS )
Will Smith should have been nominated in 2016 for his outstanding performance in “Concussion.” He wasn’t. Stuff happens. This year, the Best Actor award went to Casey Affleck, for his dull, painful performance in the most boring movie of the year, Manchester by the Sea. I don’t think it was even worth a nomination, but…I’m no expert.
However, if there is any entity in the U.S. that is liberal, open-minded and non-racist, it’s the film industry yet, they have evolved into a powerful political entity over-riding their status as an entertainment field. The pathetic array of hateful insults and jabs at our new president from the stage, one after another, is a testament to that. Sadly, it was far over the top. (Johnny Carson…Billy Crystal…Where are you?)
The on-going trend from the Hollywood snobs on Oscar night, which has evolved into a political bashing event, is largely responsible for the continuous decline in ratings. According to latest polls, the 2017 show had 32.9 million viewers, third lowest this century. Here’s more on that story:
The Hollywood elite may not do so well at selecting the best of actors and movies. But one thing they are not, is racist. If a disproportionate number of whites and/or blacks win or lose, it will have had nothing to do with racist views. It will have to do with inside politics and disjointed reasons for selecting what’s good and bad.
The sudden surge of blacks in the Oscar arena in 2017, was predictable the moment the 2016 awards were announced.
And, so I said.
(Blistering article by Debbie Schlussel):