Race and the Os­car nom­i­na­tions

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Re: Ellen Pe­savento,

“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.

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