In February 2015, viewers from all around the globe gathered to watch the 87th Academy Awards hosted by the ever lovable Neil Patrick Harris. It was grand as ever, opening with a very inspiring musical number/monologue by the host along with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. As he opened the show, the camera panned to some of the Academy’s chosen nominees such as Rosamund Pike, Oprah Winfrey, Benedict Cumberbatch (hilariously sporting a flask so early in the night), Reese Witherspoon, Bradley Cooper and Eddie Redmayne. Just a tiny detail one would tend to look over, though. Actually, a very important detail: The list of nominees comprised of mostly white actors, actresses, writers, directors and producers. There was an obvious lack of equal recognition for people of color, and this led to many articles and discussions on social media. The same goes for female writers and directors. What gives, guys?
Considering the fact that this dangerous and possibly easily misconstrued play between being diverse and "being racist" has been going on for years, maybe it’s not just a matter of opinion or coincidence anymore. It's about time things turned around. We need representation and variety, for all races, genders, nationalities and walks of life if we want to change things up around here. We need this diverse group of people to share that spotlight, because the underrated ones surely deserve the same recognition we give the winners. They all work hand in hand and are equally deserving of fair credit in creating the moving pictures we all anticipate, adore, and indulge in.
- Nikki Alarilla
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