Sunday, May 26, 2024

Oscars Diversify: Half of First Dozen Presenters Non-White, And Only White Guy (Spider Man)


The Academy Awards are already shaping up to be a great night. The first 12 presenters have been announced. Half of them are not white and only white guy is on the list– Tom Holland, aka Spider Man. If all the announcements are like this, it’s going to be a much more embraceable night. Chadwick Boseman, aka the Black Panther, is in that first group.

My guess? Everyone from “Black Panther” will be seen on Oscar night– it’s an ABC/Disney tie in with the Oscars and Marvel of positive synergy. After all, Lupitz Nyong’o has an Oscar, Michael B. Jordan will get one eventually, Daniel Kaluuya is nominated for one this year. And the world has to meet Letitia Wright. The stars are aligning nicely!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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