The Oscars are just around the corner, and we are about to see who this year’s winners are. However, viewers, staff, and guests alike may want to keep a careful eye on the show this year. Many of these award shows have a tendency to not include a number of diverse movies in their nominees and/or winners, and especially considering the debacle that happened last year with the Moonlight movie mix up, people should pay attention. When a movie that has a big impact on the African-American community, as well as the LBGT community, wins a prestigious award like an Oscar only to have its moment of fame stolen by a movie that can easily be disrespectful to the African-American community, then you have to be worried the same thing might happen again.
Most award shows tend to be somewhat infamous for a lack of diversity in their nominees. When many of the awards tend to go to white people and/or men, it can get a bit worrisome about what the criteria is for winning. There is the concern of racism being a factor in deciding who wins and who does not. Not to say that a movie should win an award based solely on who the cast and crew are, but many would argue that movies often win awards they do not deserve.
This year’s Oscars have yet to happen, so there is really no telling what will happen. The nominees are looking good so far, with movies like Coco, Get Out, The Shape of Water, Loving Vincent, and so on. Many of the nominees are up for multiple awards this year as well, proving that we will have many strong contenders this year. And if a movie representing a minority does win an award, hopefully, this year there will not be another mix up to steal away the moment.
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