Lupita Nyong'o, a (nearly) perfect, intelligent, inspiring woman who also happens to be one of the few black women to win an acting Oscar (you can count them on your fingers), spoke out about the overwhelming whiteness of the Oscar nominees this year on her Instagram page. And would you believe it's a smart, thoughtful, and measured response?
I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture. The Awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today. I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them.
She's pointing out that the Oscar diversity is emblematic of how film studios don't value diversity in general; that #OscarsSoWhite isn't a once-a-year problem, it's something that is a reflection of the types of films that get funded and produced all year round. At the same time, she acknowledges that there are plenty of fantastic films being made with black casts [Ed. note—Tangerine was dope.] that are just not being recognized by the Academy.
DAMN that's a good statement. The Academy could learn a thing or two.