Taking a day out of my “7 Days of Oscars” to address the looming Oscars issue of Diversity. Now I’m not professing to be the know all of what’s right or wrong, but I’m tired of hearing a one-sided argument. So here is what I do know.
There are truly 2 questions that can be asked here. Question 1. Do you/should you nominatate someone soley based on race, creed, or colour Answer: No. Has it been a ‘white’ Oscars the past 2 years? Yes, it has which leads into – Question 2. But where does the fault lie in this?
Because while people can scream & shout & blame the Academy all they want, by the time it gets to that point it’s really too late. It’s not the Oscar themselves as it starts at the beginning of the film process. And this is not a black thing – this is a diversity thing, meaning diversity of all races, has been at a complete failure in film whereas in TV, it’s wide open. Speaking as someone who read the breakdowns and scripts for years while representing the actors, so many miss the fact that they need to start at the beginning, with great stories & great roles for all diversified characters. And the frustrating thing is they know this!!! I’m not telling anyone to watch or not to watch, but for the industry people to boycott is kinda slamming your peers for their work.. like saying they shouldn’t have been nominated, which I just don’t think is cool either.
Is it harder to cast something that you have to list as ‘ALL ETHINCITIES’ – sure maybe it is as you have to see a lot more people and work harder – but I’m not even sure that’s the problem as the casting agents I know work extremely hard – what I do know is it’s time to make it change from the ground up!!!! Support Indie Films and low budget films with diverse characters/actors and you will see things start to change. Might be slow, but if you don’t try, you can’t complain. And Viola Davis states it all so well in this link below..