Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Oscars: Directors Branch Brings in Women But Black Directors Fail to Score a Nomination in Diverse Year

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Regina King? Shaka King? Spike Lee? George C. Wolfe?

All three Black directors were in contention for an Oscar nomination this year. But they struck out.

Their films, “One Night in Miami,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” all scored many awards and nominations throughout the season. But except for “Judas,” none made it into the Best Picture category and none of the directors got to the final round.

This will come as a shock considering the Motion Picture Academy has widened and deepened, adding many more diverse members over the last couple of years. Two women, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell, made the cut, which is progress, but lack of standing for African Americans remains a huge frustration.

In the acting categories, there were also some snubs considering the huge field of Black actors from which to choose especially in supporting. But two Black actresses in Best Actress is good news, and three Best Supporting actors. So it’s not a Black Out, or Oscars So White, but progress is incremental at best.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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