As you all probably know by now, the latest Ava DuVernay film, "Selma", has nabbed a nomination for the Oscars, along with the song "Glory" featured in the film, by Common and John Legend.   Then what is everyone so mad about?  Well it seems that those were the only two nominations received.



Now, if you've seen the movie, then you know good and well that it should have received a nomination in almost all of the categories.  Not one cast member was nominated for "Best Actor/Actress, neither was DuVernay nominated for "Best Director".

I've never been one to watch the Oscars for this specific reason, it's lack of diversity. Although Lupita took away an Oscar last year for "Best Supporting Actress", she was only the 7th black woman to do so!  How long has the Academy Awards been around? (go ahead and check).  Exactly!

I'm not one who feels like the Oscars owes black people anything, but I do believe in giving credit where it's due.  This is why I am thankful for award shows like the "NAACP Image Awards".  It's a night for us to praise each other's amazing work.

A few celebs had some things to say about this here situation. Common and Spike Lee were among the few that spoke out. Here is what Common had to say:


“Of course I would have loved to see ["Selma" director] Ava [DuVernay] nominated and [lead actor] David [Oyelowo], so it’s a disappointment, but we’re really grateful to be nominated for Best Picture. There’s a lot of movies that came out this year and ‘Selma”s one of the films that’s nominated for Best Picture,” he said. “I look at the positive in this and think about that and think about the impact that it’s having in the world and how it’s affecting people’s lives.”


While the "Glory" artist decided to see things in a positive light. Notorious director Spike Lee saw thing a little differently. Here's what Spike had to say:

"F--k 'em. That doesn't diminish the film. Nobody's talking about motherf--kin' 'Driving Miss Daisy.' That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like 'Do the Right Thing' is. Nobody's discussing 'Driving Miss Motherf--kin' Daisy'. So if I saw Ava today I'd say, 'You know what? F--k 'em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one.


While clearly upset by the situation, he didn't deny that the Academy Awards was trying to becoming more diverse while the under of it's new president, Cheryl Boone, who happens to be the Academy's first black president:

“The Academy is trying to be more diverse,” he said. “Cheryl is trying to open it up and have more diversity amongst the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But with Selma, it’s not the first time it’s happened, and every time it does I say, ‘You can’t go to awards like the Oscars or the Grammys for validation. The validation is if your work still stands 25 years later.’” 

While I do hope that things will get better with it's new leadership, we have to remember the reality that presidents can only do the best they can with who they have in their team.  What if the Academy's "Congress" doesn't want diversity? Make sure to leave your thoughts below!

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