I would like to say first is that I want actors/actresses to be nominated for an Academy Award based on their performance not their skin color. However, I find it odd that none of the Black actors or actresses out there in the world were not nominated for an Oscar for the second year in a row. This is the year 2016, which is more than 60 years after the Civil Rights movement started.
I haven’t had the chance to see every movie that came out this year, but I have heard a lot of feedback about Michael B. Jordan’s performance in Creed (a movie I haven’t seen yet). I am very glad that his co-star Sylvester Stallone got a supporting actor nomination. Also, I am very aware that there are very talented people of color out there, but why aren’t they getting any recognition when Oscar nomination time happened in the last two years?
Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee are boycotting the Oscars this year because there were no Black people nominated in any of the acting categories. Even Jada’s husband, Will Smith, is joining in the boycott. He was recently in a movie called Concussion. In previous years, he had been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
I think about the young Black children who will be watching the Oscars this year. They will be wondering why no Black people were nominated. It shows a negative message to them and it’s not fair that this is happening in the year 2016.