Indiewire: #OscarSoWhite Includes the Documentary Category, Too Guest post by: Yoruba Richen

January 22, 2015

The 2015 Oscar nominations upset many people. When the Academy nominated the highly regarded film Selma for Best Picture but snubbed its African-American female director, Ava DuVernay, publications as diverse as Forbes and The Root weighed in with articles about how this was yet another example of Hollywood’s entrenched racism and sexism. The brilliant hashtag #Oscarsowhite blew up on Twitter, taking Hollywood to task for its lack of diversity in all categories but one: documentary feature. Similarly, in 2012, when a study revealed that Academy members are 94% white, 77% male, and only 14% under the age of 50, there was a lot written about the lack of diversity in nominations, but nothing specifically about the documentary category.

 

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