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By Michael Russnow

There’ve been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only of a supporting nature but indicative of the racist times when their lots in major professions were limited.

There’ve been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only of a supporting nature but indicative of the racist times when their lots in major professions were limited.

Who’s to blame for that? There’s little doubt those at the studios and production companies who package feature films create more opportunities for white-dominated films, and if there are that many more white-dominated films, even granted that many suck, the greater number released has more potential to draw the sort of attention that earns Academy approbation.

Some of the outcry this year is because there were movies and performances, most notably Straight Outta Compton and performances by Will Smith in Concussion and Michael B. Jordan in Creed which drew terrific notices, and there certainly could be an argument as to whether they should be nominated. One question, though, is who, among the nominees, would you erase to make room for these choices?

Aren’t there always great films and performances left out? Indeed this year, Maggie Smith in the little seen The Lady in a Van and Johnny Depp in Black Mass were outstanding. As was Jason Segel in the apparently forgotten The End of the Tour. Also Helen Mirren in Trumbo.

Some of the outcry this year is because there were movies and performances, most notably Straight Outta Compton and performances by Will Smith in Concussion and Michael B. Jordan in Creed which drew terrific notices, and there certainly could be an argument as to whether they should be nominated. One question, though, is who, among the nominees, would you erase to make room for these choices?

Aren’t there always great films and performances left out? Indeed this year, Maggie Smith in the little seen The Lady in a Van and Johnny Depp in Black Mass were outstanding. As was Jason Segel in the apparently forgotten The End of the Tour. Also Helen Mirren in Trumbo.

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Michael Russnow’s website is www.ramproductionsinternational.com

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