Race and the Oscar nominations
“A dangerous disconnect between Hollywood, real life,” Jan. 15 entertainment commentary.
Much is being made by some of the preponderance of white nominees for this year’s Academy Awards, but the question should be: “So what?” All award shows are, at heart, simply popularity contests and they naturally reflect the culture and biases of the voters. Would one truly expect a vegan to select meatloaf as “best dinner”? Regrettably, the answer is to establish categories for whichever group feels slighted. “Best Elderly Leading Lady ( or Gentleman) in a Romantic Comedy or Action Flick” or “Best Actor Faking a Foreign Accent,” perhaps? Of course slicing the pie thinner and thinner diminishes the value of the awards themselves, as ultimately everybody gets a trophy.
Harry Puncec, Lakewood
BB B So writer JohnWenzel thinks Hollywood snubbed black actors from getting Oscar nominations. Really? I was always under the impression that Oscar nominations were given to actors who deserved to be nominated because of the quality of their acting performance.