Inside The Oscars’ Effort to Become More Diverse

From NOTICE News Daily for March 9, 2023

While Hollywood has made progress on diversifying talent and storytelling since the 2015 outcry of #OscarsSoWhite – when all 20 acting nominations went to white actors – the pace of change is not fast enough for both the famous and those waiting to emerge.



Jonathan: The biggest awards show in Hollywood will be held this coming Sunday where history is likely to be made.

Sound: “Across the multiverse I’ve seen thousands of Evelyns…”

Everything Everywhere All At Once has 11 nominations and is considered the frontrunner in several major categories.

This year, more Asian creatives are nominated for Oscars than any other year in history, 10 of them for Everything Everywhere All At Once.

It’s a huge shift since 2015 when all 20 acting nominees were white actors, sparking the “Oscars So White” controversy.

While this represents a major milestone for diversity in Hollywood, many feel that there is still much more progress to be made.

Black-led films like Till and The Woman King were completely shut out this year.

Sound: Certainly there’s a consistent lack of recognition for certainly Black female directors. There’s never been a Black female director nominated in the history of the Academy Awards, so that says everything.”

Only 6% of all nominees in history have been from underrepresented ethnicities, and only 2% of all winners have been women of color.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Angela Bassett, who is nominated for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hopes to increase that number.

Sound: “Sometimes some performances, as we know, can be overlooked or they can be seen years and years and years later, you know, they’re ahead of the audience and take some time to be discovered…”

And if Michelle Yeoh wins the Best Leading Actress award, she’ll be only the second woman of color in history to win the award, the first being Halle Berry in 2001.

Sound: “I will always, always want to be here with you.”