he who takes with his films again and again, socially relevant issues, of all things. He, of all people, speaking tirelessly to the fight against racism and discrimination of the word. Ironically, the African-American Spike Lee: nominated for the Oscar in 2019 in the category “Best Director”. And for a Film about the Ku Klux Klan. There’s quite a lot comes together. But after the series.
awards ceremonies, the film industry, in which the radiant winners under the thunderous applause of their peers with excessive Gestures perplexer disbelief the statuettes in reception, outside the life to do usually little. Even if, as in the case of the Academy Awards, an audience of millions is watching: It has something of a closed circuit, when the Stars and starlets celebrate each other. A hinge that would connect the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in a sustainable way with the outside world, one looks in vain. But once in a while happens but then again something about the Academy Awards, on a topic of social relevance. For example, three years ago, when Spike Lee, the collar burst.
How long, and how intensive the Academy at the time, wanted to dark-skinned candidates like the could have come for a nomination in the category “Best Director”, or in one of the four performer categories in question: they had not found. Exactly as in the previous year. Not that black film makers have made at the time, just break. Michael B. Jordan, for example, played a big part at in the Boxing film “Creed”, Idris Elba shone in the war drama “Beasts of No Nation”. And yet: Not a single Nomination for an African-American or Afro-American for the second year in a row in the five main categories.
Spike Lee, himself a member of the Academy, had had enough. He went on Instagram and quoted Martin Luther King: “There comes a time, in a Position to take that is neither safe nor wise nor popular. But you have to do it because your Conscience tells you that you’re right.” Said and done. Spike Lee called for a Bokyott of the Oscar ceremony. Jada Pinkett Smith, her husband and a number of other well-known professional colleagues joined the Boycott and sparked on Twitter under the Hashtag #OscarSoWhite a broad debate on the Nomination practices of the Academy, whose members are primarily white men over 50.
A long history of Skipped
The Academy showed the racism and allegations of Discrimination decided, and took the following year off-the-cuff seven African-Americans, to whom you entrust the stuff to the winners. Two of the nominees won, finally, actually an Oscar: Mahershala Ali for the lead role in “Moonlight,” and Viola Davis for the role in “Fences”.
in 2018, seemed to be the enthusiasm of the judges, then already something to let: five nominated Afro-Americans, is no winner. And for this year’s Oscars, the in the night from today to Monday is to be awarded, there were three Blacks in the ranks of the nominees managed: Mahershala Ali for the second Time, for his main role in “the Green Book”, Regina King for her supporting role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” – and Spike Lee, the boycott leaders by 2016, of all places, for “BlacKkKlansman” for the first Time ever in the category “Best Director” nominated. Spike, the black thorns in the white meat of the Academy.
the allegations at the Academy, she was driven by a “racial bias” are not to be used entirely from the air, shows a look at the statistics: in 1929, the Academy awarded for the first time, the Award. A total of 2204 filmmakers you nominated since then for the best male and female main and supporting roles and best Director. 136 of them were Black. 15 of them won an Oscar. The first, Hattie McDaniel, 1940, which was excellent in a supporting role in “Gone with the Wind” was. As a Black you had to sit at the ceremony, however, to a separate table. The first African American received an Oscar for a leading role was Sidney Poitier in 1964 for his performance in “lilies of the field”.
in 2002, there were two premieres: Halle Berry was the first African-American the Oscar for the female lead role in the Drama “Monster’s Ball”. And because Denzel Washington was honored for his Performance in the crime film “Training Day”, admitted for the first time, in the same year, two Black to the Oscars in the two main role categories.
Berry and Washington had been discovered by Spike Lee and promoted. The were Samuel L. Jackson and Lawrence Fishburne. But just like Eddie Murphy and Will Smith have been in the Oscar award so far. In the face of such high-profile Aggrieved, the question of whether it really is not more than 15 Oscars in 90 years, there would have been. And the anger of the Black Community at the Academy is hardly a surprise. Certainly not the a Spike Lee, whose work as a cinematographic level, the American civil rights movement.
the struggle for equality and recognition
with numerous award-winning Director, producer, writer and actor was one of the founders of the New Black Cinema. In films such as the Comedy-Drama “Do the Right Thing” (1989), and the biographical epic “Malcolm X” (1992) focused on he riots, the American race, and the struggle of Blacks for equality and recognition. “BlacKkKlansman” plays in the 1970s and tells the absurd but true Story of the black Detectives Bob Stallworth, who makes nothing Less than undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.
The Film is nominated in six categories for the Academy Awards. The crucial question is: Will Spike Lee received the Oscar for best Director? It would be the somewhat oblique resolution of the complicated history between the black Spike Lee and the white members of the Academy. It would be a good story. And Hollywood likes good stories.
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