Diversity wins at white Oscars

Isabella Arroyo. Photo by Lianna Hubbard.

By Isabella Arroyo

The 2020 Oscars managed to redeem its homogeneous nominations by making one showing-stealing decision for representation on Feb. 9.

A historic winning streak for South Korean film “Parasite” hopefully showed what ‘s to come for the award show.

Despite the foreign film’s big win, the nominations this year were overwhelmingly white and male, especially in the best director, actor, and actress arenas.

There were some very worthy exceptions, like “Little Women” and, of course, “Parasite.”

Overall though, the most nominated films were “Joker,” “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” and “1917”. All of which were
directed by and starred white men.

The academy only nominated men in the Best Director category.

“Little Women” was the only female directed film nominated for best picture, and yet the film’s upcoming director Greta Gerwig was not in the lineup for the category.

The academy rewarded familiarity with nominations for Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

The academy has a problem rewarding female directors. There have only been five women nominated for Best Director.

Natalie Portman addressed the issue on the red carpet. She adorned her Dior dress with the names of female directors who were left out of the Oscars.

While the category failed on the gender-inclusion front, it made historic bounds on another.

The director of “Parasite,” Bong Joon-Ho, won the category.

The South Korean film took three other categories, winning all but two of the categories it was nominated for. The film won Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film.

As the first non-English film to win Best Motion Picture, “Parasite” made the evening historic.

The 2016 awards ceremony was boycotted with #OscarsSoWhite. In response, the academy promised to double its number of women and minority members by 2020. From 91% white and 76% male voters in 2016 to 84% white and 68% male this year, there seemed to be an effort to keep this promise.

The Oscars is the most recognized award show in America. American culture deserves to be represented for what it is, but the academy picks and
chooses what they want to represent.

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