The Oscar nominations were recently announced and, like in so many of the previous years, the nominee field is nearly lily white. Jada Pinkett Smith made her thoughts known by broaching the subject in a different manner, making everyone stop for a moment to ponder the issue a bit more closely. Via Twitter, Pinkett opined…
As Viola Davis so graciously discussed during her recent acceptance speech, there must first be more opportunity in order for people of color to receive nominations. With only a handful of great roles being written for POC, it is clear that the Academy – and the film industry as a whole – is behind the bell curve.
When will the time come that the majority of the POC nominated are not for roles as maids, drug dealers, et cetera?
The rest of the world is anxiously awaiting that change.