This year NO African Americans were nominated for an Academy Award, not one. Whether it was by coincidence or not, it does seem a bit weird that only white people were nominated this year. Chris Rock was chosen to host the show and made jokes about the issue the ENTIRE show. I am offended that no black people were nominated, but I think he took the jokes too far. What do you think - Do you think Chris Rock took it too far?
"I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards."
"You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job! You’d all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now."
"Everybody went mad [this year] … Jada [Pinkett Smith] got mad. Jada said she’s not coming. Isn’t she on a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited."
“This year, things are going to be a little different. This year, in the In Memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies … yes I said it!”
- Yes, I think Chris Rock took it too far26% (26)36% (44)31% (70)Vote
- No, I think it's wrong that no African Americans were nominated34% (34)25% (31)29% (65)Vote
- I didn't watch and I don't care40% (41)39% (48)40% (89)Vote
Most Helpful Guy
You completely missed the point.
He is a comedian, and the message he was trying to get across was that the Oscar Awards is not racist, but using comedy and sarcasm to illustrate it. The simple statistic of there not being a black Oscar winner does not in itself indicate racism. Otherwise, there would be no history of a black actor EVER winning an Oscar.
There are more white actors in Hollywood, and also more white actors with leading movie rolls. One simply doesn't come across many good black actors in leading Hollywood films, and so really there are no candidates. I should also point out that there were also no Asian nominees in this year's Oscars. Yet, I do not see anyone making a fuss that the Oscar's is racist towards Asians.
Chris Rock said it quite plainly that black actors want the same OPPORTUNITY. Guess what? They do. Any black person, or a person of any color is free to create, direct and star in their own movie. We don't see it very often, but they have the same opportunity to do so. Now whether such a movie becomes a box office hit, or wins any awards is based on the merit of the movie. Nobody's going to nominate a black actor for the sole purpose of nominating someone of color.
Actually for 2015, I can think of no black actors who was in a leading role of a major Hollywood blockbuster. So who exactly do they expect to be nominated?
Some black actors include John Boyega in Star Wars. But that was a terrible movie overall. Audra McDonald in Ricki and the Flash... well, that movie went nowhere. Jada Smith in Magic Mike XXL? A sex-based movie never wins an Oscar as it's too crude. Straight Outta Compton was the only half decent movie and that won an award.4
Most Helpful Girl
Comedians are allowed to go places that few other people are allowed to go whether they are white or black. You can no more condemn him, than you can other white comedians who have taken the stage and used crass, or sexual, or racial humor. Rock was paid to 'take it there.' If you've seen his other comedy, this should have been no surprise to you, seriously. People tuned in because they wanted to see him go there whether they were white or black or any other race, even if they didn't agree with him or his jokes.1