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Oscars still lagging in female and minority representation

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Modern US explanation: white males are superior. That's why.

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The 2017 Oscar nominations were a banner year for black nominees both in front of and behind the camera.

Because they pulled the race card out and screamed the loudest. The other groups should do the same. Then Oscars can be based on mediocre performance and not really mean anything.

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Oh pu-lease! More feminist rubbish! If they took a second to get off their high horses and concentrate on fine acting then maybe they'd be awarded! Pu-leeeez!

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Oh pu-lease! More feminist rubbish! If they took a second to get off their high horses and concentrate on fine acting then maybe they'd be awarded! Pu-leeeez!

You realize women receive just as many acting awards as men, right?

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You realize women receive just as many acting awards as men, right?

Exactly, so what are they complaining about...

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It is a good point...if there is in fact equal representation...women receiving as many awards...It seems however that the focus of this complaint is the number of women behind the scenes. That could be quite a valid point. In spite of it's liberal bent (or progressive may be the right word) Hollywood is quite a misogynistic place.

Regarding black participation, black Americans make up 13.2% of the U.S. population. I wonder what the true representation in Hollywood is.

If I looked at the NBA, blacks make up over 90% of the players, far exceeding the representation in the general population. Perhaps that should be investigated as well.

It seems the issues related to race have become much worse over the past 20 years. The root cause? Who knows?

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What can does anyone really expect, it is Hollywood after all .

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What about transgender people: where is the Oscar category for them? All we have is "best actor", "best actress" etc. And when was the last time an Inuit won anything? It's totally unacceptable in this day and age.

These exclusionist, discriminatory awards ceremonies should be consigned to the dustbin of history. The only fair approach is to give awards to anyone that wants one.

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It's sad to see so many "minority" races trying to get a seat at the whiteman's table, just to get some crumbs. The bigger question these groups need to ask themselves, especially when it comes to art, is, why is white/ establishment recognition so important to validating their art? I mean, the artist is supposed to create, show us a different side of reality, not seek and bitch about institutional recognition. And why are the oscars the standard to be met? They might as well just give oscars to everybody (10th place prizes) in equal proportions according to race. That way everybody's happy. Hollywood hasn't been making art for years now, so there shouldn't be a problem about sacrificing artistic integrity and quality in the name of makeshift equality.

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Scrote at Feb. 26, 2017 - 11:37AM JST What about transgender people: where is the Oscar category for them? All we have is "best actor", "best actress" etc. And when was the last time an Inuit won anything? It's totally unacceptable in this day and age.

Good point. Certainly the Inuk Allakariallak would have received at least a nomination for his role as himself in the unforgettable film "Nanook of the North" had it not been released in 1922!

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And “La La Land’s” Tom Cross, who is half-Vietnamese

Also need a separate category for people like Mr Cross. Unfortunate name in this sense.

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so they should give preference for women, people of color, regardless of their acting skills, very fair. give me a break, people get Oscars because they are GOOD.

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Transgender category? Seriously? There were zero transgenders in movies if you don't count porn.

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after a three year stretch of Mexican filmmakers winning best director, this year none were nominated.

The facts don't seem to fit the narrative. Are minorities unrepresented unless a Mexican director wins the Oscar for the 4th year in a row? It's arguable that articles and authors like this (who have been dividing people up and promoting identity politics over the past decade) are directly responsible for the rise of Donald Trump.

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The allegation about "minorities" being underrepresented is highly misleading. Jewish people make up disproportionately high number of people in America's flim-making industry by a very large margin.

At the same time, African-Americans are overrepresented in the other huge sector of the US entertainment world, popular music. Do these groups really want the situation to be leveled out? LOL. I kinda don't think so.

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And yet there are so many Hollywood liberals who call Trump racist and sexist. Hollywood should check its own racism and sexism first before it starts sticking those labels on political leaders they disagree with.

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With how few awards there are it is inane to expect some kind of representative cross section of every minority group.

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I do love it when the regressive left eats its own

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There are not enough redheads either. This is appalling and the UN should investigate this.

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yeesh. i thought it was about acting ability not race or gender.

i was born in the wrong time. this crap makes me sick to my stomach

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The movie business is driven by the box office receipts. Should movie viewers not want to see some kinds of movies or some kinds of actors or actress, then those viewers stay home. In the end, viewers decide what is a good movie and the value of the production's cast. Should be surprised Hollywood does not acknowledge this.

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I have never been able to understand the appeal of the Oscars or other "awards"; a group of people in the industry giving each other awards and telling each other how great they are doesn't mean much to me anyway. But when they start handing out awards based on quotas or political correctness it reaches a whole new level of stupidity.

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Just do away with the Oscars in its entirety - it's nothing more than a contest of popularity, definitely not of quality. Does everyone really need to have a trophy these days to feel good about themselves?

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Modern US explanation: white males are superior. That's why.

No. The modern US explanation is that Hollywood hasn't sufficiently implemented quota's to ensure that merit has been undermined by politically correct bean counting.

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The problem is not race, this year there were more movies that were better and had black leading actors, last year there weren't any, it's about the quality of the film, has nothing to do with color, if more Black film directors make more movies that could get picked up, that is what will set them apart, talent, content, not race.

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Transgender category? Seriously? There were zero transgenders in movies if you don't count porn.

That fact aptly demonstrates the unacceptable, outrageous prejudice of Hollywood, as I'm sure some "activists" will be quick to point out.

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Isn't awarding about talent and achievement?

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Perhaps a liberal token category for underachievers is in order.

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