This year’s 88th Academy Awards gained more attention for its heated diversity row than its red carpet. For the second year running the twenty actors nominated for an Oscar were all white.
This led to an #OscarsSoWhite campaign trending on social media and Hollywood stars Spike Lee and Will Smith boycotting the event.
The show’s host, comedian Chris Rock, addressed the issue in his opening monologue: ‘Is Hollywood racist? You damn right Hollywood’s racist, but it ain’t the racist that you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like: “We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.”
Chris Hallam, Lecturer in TV and Film at Confetti College, worries what the future holds for his female, black and ethnic minority students.
Audio: Chris Hallam talks about the opportunities for his film students.
In a statement made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Board of Governors promised to aim towards doubling the number of woman and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
Abid Huissan, Director of Diversity at Arts Council England, believes more needs to be done.
He said: “Whoever you are you should be able to see yourself on stage, in our galleries and on TV.”
“If you don’t see yourself you become invisible, you don’t have a voice, and these voices becoming marginalised or disappearing is a serious thing.”
Do people still care?
One week on social media has quietened around the Oscars. We ask Nottingham residents will people still be talking about the Oscars in a week?
Video: Nottingham residents believe people will forget about the diversity row.
Chris Hallam argues if change is going to come it will have to be from the Academy Board.
Audio: Chris Hallam; “I don’t think it’s going to stay in the front of people’s minds.”