“Because we’re looking to be more diverse and more global has nothing to do with changing the standards, the high standards of the academy,” said Cheryl Boone Isaac. “Great talent is everywhere.”
~ Cheryl Boone Isaac
The Oscars are almost here, and the excitement is brewing over the diversity in film last year. Cheryl Boone Isaac, the first African American president of the Academy, is the same symbol of hope and change for the world of film that President Obama represented for America in 2008. To currently have an African American woman hold that position has made me hopeful for how the Academy Awards will pan out this year.
Here is why:
It was great to see Hallie Berry be the first African American women win the best actress in a leading role award in 2001, Forest Whitaker take the award as the fourth African American for best actor in a leading role in 2006, and to see Lupita Nyong’o follow in the footsteps of Mo’Nique (2009) and Octavia (2011) in possibly taking the best actress in a supporting role award is amazing. Yet there is much more history to make, and this year could produce the first African American awarded as best director, best picture, and 2nd best writing for an adapted screenplay all going to +12 Years A Slave
Other nominations that I’m excited about this year:
Make sure you are tuning in for this year’s 86th Oscar Awards show on March 2nd, 2014, and join the +Pink Proverb Hangout Group that day to join in on the live conversation!
The fun isn’t just happening at the +Oscars . The parties, luncheons, and dinners will be equally a site to see this year for films that may not get the shine they deserve during the +Oscars
+ESSENCE Magazine will hold it’s first “Black Men in Hollywood” dinner on February 26th hosted by Tyler Perry to honor the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, and Malcolm Lee according to the Associated Press.
The event will happen on the eve of +ESSENCE‘s annual “Black Women in Hollywood” luncheon, Lupita Nyong’o will be recognized for her role in 12 Years a Slave.