Some of our most influential veteran Nubian actors are at last being celebrated amongst the top contenders included in the 2017 Oscars list of nominations, in all categories. Six actors to be noted, which is a record for the usual seemingly all white affair.
Mentionable nods are going to; “Fences” stars Denzil Washington and Viola Davis also “Hidden Figures” a revelation of significant pieces of a masked black history which is based on a true story, in the best pictures category Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe to name a few.
Last year’s Oscar Award Ceremony was a ground breaking year, one for the history books. A number of actors bravely took the initiative to publicly address their issues with inequality as they courageously took a stand for the right to change the lack of representation of African American actors presented for awards at the long established Oscars ceremony. In a advocating show of solidarity for themselves and peers, they called on organizers to respectfully change the lack of diversity, fairness and equity displayed in the ceremonies, they listened. It’s a beautiful thing when movie goers are given fair chance to select from the best of the best movies based on variety, authenticity and strong creative expression, rather than great but limited variety.
All throughout much controversy, Chris Rock did not disappoint. As many wondered whether or not he would accept the offer to host the show. He went on to host the show, in a somewhat neutralizing stance to shine light in the dark places of movie entertainment. Nonetheless with truths and realness as always, he tactfully delved into the matter with satire to quickly put to rest any questions about his choice and character.
Although, no one knows for sure what the future holds for the Oscars. People are resilient and can easily separate the good from the bad, usually by taking the good as it comes.
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