This year’s Oscars are weak. Flat out, they are weak. Leo will probably win his first because really he is just the best of a bad situation (if that). However, this is not what the current monstrosity is that is surrounding the prestigious film awards. Instead of the mediocre work that was produced this year, we are focused on the selection committee and their decision making process of this year’s acting nominees.
Now days the world is overly sensitive and protective. You can’t make a joke anymore without at least offending a fourth of the population, everyone thinks that every modern decision involves racial profiling, and the people who think they are fighting for their racial rights are usually the ones bringing racism into our world more and more. This has come into a sort of play in this year’s Oscars Awards Ceremony.
We have seen a predominately white cast of nominees this year and it has our overly sensitive world causing unnecessary commotion. I think a lot of people were surprised to see Will Smith not get nominated. We all know he took that role just so that he would be, and instead all we’ll remember of it was his Cool Runnings-like Jamaican bobsled accent. In the grand scheme of things, if he gave a halfway decent performance, he probably should have been nominated (but I haven’t seen the film so I can’t go too far into it). The fact of the matter is, a committee chose what they believed to be, the best acting performances of the year. If black actors were left off the list, it’s probably because they didn’t give the year’s best performances.
Let’s put this into a scenario: This is like me arguing that not enough white basketball players get chosen to play in the NBA. I believe there are many talented white baller out there, but do I think they deserve to be in the NBA? Nope. Sure don’t. I can honestly say, black people are usually far better basketball players than white people. Or let’s say I’m not upset about the league’s amount of white players; let’s say I’m upset about the lack of white NBA MVP or all star candidates. Look guys, white people don’t get picked for MVP or All Star Games because the black players (that get picked) are better and have better performing years.
Now I am not in any way saying that white people are generally known to be better actors than black people. In no way, shape or form is that what I am saying. What I am saying is that this year, white people seem to have done better jobs at acting in major movies than black people did (at least for the top 6 selections). It is nothing to get worked up about. Rather it could be used as motivation. We are in the most culturally diverse time that has ever existed and yet we are making controversy of it at every angle.
I do believe it can be hard at times when some movies call for a predominantly white cast, but those things are changing now more than ever! I’ll leave that at that. This photo does give people who aren’t white, a right to be a little upset though. I think there are arguments for both sides, I just believe that we have grown to a day and age that we shouldn’t call racism at every moment there seems to be a lopsided scale.
Charlotte Rampling was quoted recently saying, “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list,” and this made people lose their shit. She believes it is racist against white people for anyone to boycott this year’s selections and I totally agree.
I think everyone just needs to chill and realize these decisions were not made with racist intentions (hopefully).