Oscar doesn’t like us

20Feb09

80 years. 11 Black actors. 13 wins.

1st win in 1939. One in the 60s. Two each in the 80s and 90s.

7 in the 21st century.

Of the roughly 300 winners (for acting) in Oscar’s 80-year history, only 13 gold statuettes — about 4% — have been given to a Black actor for a leading or supporting role. We’ve made some progress in this arena, but we have a long way to go.

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Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Viola Davis (Doubt) are both nominated for best supporting roles this year. The Oscars telecast airs this Sunday night on ABC at 5PT/8ET. We’ll see…

Speak your peace.



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