Voter also calls ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirts bad taste
Want to know what the overwhelmingly white Oscar voting academy really thinks about “black movies” and black actors?
One Oscar voter provided a glimpse into how the critically-acclaimed epic movie Selma was snubbed for the Academy Awards, receiving only two nominations while garnering no acting nods.
In a year in which not a single actor or director of color was nominated for any Academy Award, one anonymous female Academy member said what was really on her mind, perhaps to temper the smoldering anger that persists because Selma fans believes the movie was heavily snubbed.
“What no one wants to say out loud is that Selma is a well-crafted movie, but there’s no art to it,” the woman, one of the Academy’s 378-member public relations branch, told the industry trade publication.
Abandoning all semblance of political correctness, and venturing into irrationality, the Oscar voter then pitched this thought:
“If the movie had been directed by a 60-year-old white male (instead of African-American woman Ava DuVernay), I don’t think that people would have been carrying on about it to the level that they were.”
This Academy member admitted that most in the body of voters were older white males, reflecting the makeup of the movie industry, but she laughingly said the demographics did not impact the Oscar votes.
“When a movie about black people is good, members vote for it,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“But if the movie isn’t that good, am I supposed to vote for it just because it has black people in it?”
Really, woman?!? When has the Academy Awards Oscar voters ever voted for a mediocre black movie? Heck, they hardly vote for black movies, period.
After you pick your bottom jaw off the floor and snap it back into place, check out her next statement. It was ironic that the movie came out in proximity to when both Michael Brown was shot and killed by police and Eric Garner was choked to death by the NYPD in Staten Island, N.Y. The Oscar voter scoffed at the cast wearing the “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts that became popular nationwide.
“I’ve got to tell you, having the cast show up in T-shirts saying ‘I can’t breathe’ (at their New York premiere) — I thought that stuff was offensive.”