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This Video Shows That #OscarsSoWhite Goes Beyond Acting Award Nominations

Another chapter in the ongoing saga.


After the Oscar nominees were announced in January, it didn't take long for the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to get dusted off from last year. That, of course, was when social media users criticized the Academy for its slate of all-white actors filling the four best acting categories at 2015's and this year's ceremonies, leading some stars to boycott Hollywood's biggest night.

The Academy has promised sweeping changes to the status quo to diversify membership and nominees, and — at least in the TV pipeline — some change is being made to bring diverse perspectives in front of and behind the camera.

A recent video from ScreenCrush brings to light another issue. We've seen that people of color have not been nominated recently for the best acting categories, but throughout film history — even as recently as 2015 — white actors have been cast in roles where the characters themselves are supposed to be people of color.

No wonder it's even more difficult for minorities to score the Oscar nods.

It's appropriate, then, that the clip starts out with audio from Viola Davis' powerful speech at the Emmys in September, where she proclaimed, "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity." And in the video above, we see at least 60 missed opportunities where people of color could have been cast, but, for reasons we can only guess, were passed over for white actors.

(H/T: Nylon)


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