|John Krasinski and academy president Cheryl Boone-Isaacs announce the 2015 white best actor nominees Courtesy of Indiewire|
Everyone has the equal right to get nominated for an Academy Award. It doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a nomination.
Everything else was Kevin Hart crap.
It's not the academy's fault the white men who run Hollywood don't want to make black films, nor is it their fault if anyone wants to make garbage. Expanding academy membership by a hugely large sum to increase diversity does not take away from the fact that great black films are not being made.
Remember when the academy expanded the list of best picture nominees to 10 at the hopes of bringing in more popular fare into the mix and it only ended up expanding the field to more independent features?Who's to say that expanding academy membership isn't just going to broaden the support of a select few films that don't feature blacks?
The fact of the matter is that minority status is only relevant when getting by own it doesn't benefit someone. It's an overprivileged way to get by for no reason other than being different. While Martin Luther King, Jr. said we should only be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin, that's not the society we live in, and we probably never will.
And in Hollywood, well, some areas are doing better than others in getting by, with accomplishments in movies being at the bottom of the totem pole. Pretty white? Yes. An emergency PR move to get more black people in the academy to vote for awards? Desperation. It won't solve the problem if there are no redeeming stories to be told.
Ultimately, why the hell would you want an Oscar? Not like your career can really take off if you win one. Look at Julia Roberts, she hasn't had to be anywhere.