H'wood Won't Face 'So White' Shaming Again
Nov. 30, 2016—Looks like Hollywood won’t take another bashing for spotty recognition of black talent in film awards. The African American Film Critics Association, which mounted the #OscarsSoWhite hastag a year ago, says that this year sufficient black-themed films are getting made by movie financiers and those films are getting recognition. Films like slaving uprising Birth of a Nation, youth drama Moonlight, interracial couple drama Loving, 1950s family drama Fences and criminal justice documentary 13th are in the spotlight, says the group.
“The studios and major film distributors really gave it to us this year,” stated AAFCA co-founder and president Gil Robertson. “By any measurement, it’s been an exceptional year for Blacks in film.”
The #OscarsSoWhite campaign embarrassed Hollywood executives, who usually talk up inclusion, their support of minorities and their own personal beliefs in diversity. The black activism created an unwanted side issue to last year's Oscar-awards season and related awards marketing. AAFCA says it might revive the shaming campaign down the road if circumstances warrant.
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