Of the 20 nominees in the acting categories Sunday night at the Oscars, all twenty were white. And, not a single female director was nominated. This, and overall concerns about diversity, sparked plans for a diversity protest at the Oscars Sunday by the National Action Network’s Los Angeles Chapter.
The Martin Luther King Jr. movie “Selma” got a lot of Oscar buzz early on. However, no black actors or actresses in the movie were nominated for an award at the Oscars and director, Ava DuVernay, was also not nominated.
Host of the Oscars, Neil Patrick Harris, tried to make light of the situation in his first joke of the night. “Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest. I mean brightest,” he said.
The protests were planned, but did not happen Sunday. According to a statement from Najee Ali, Political Director for the National Action Network Los Angeles, to Electronic Urban Report, “Upon the request of SELMA director Ava DuVernay, the Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network has agreed to forgo our planned protests of the Oscars today and pursue instead a direct dialogue with the Academy of Motion Picture Acts and Sciences…”
“Art can change the world and the world is more diverse than this year’s honorees. Addressing that disconnect is vital and necessary and will be done,” Ali went on to tell eurweb.