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HOLLYWOOD, CA: Actress Zendaya attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA: Actress Zendaya attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center located in Hollywood, California. Chris Rock will be hosting the prestigious award show for the second year in a row. Each year viewers at home get excited about two main topics, who is nominated? And perhaps more importantly, what are all of our favorite celebrities wearing? But, this year has taken a much different turn.

Fans of the Oscars, and mostly African-American celebrities are disappointed that they are not going to be recognized at the award show this month. There are barely, if not any recognition of movies that involve the race.

The racial contradiction surrounding the Oscars has taken over entertainment news for the past few months leading up to one of the most prestigious nights in Hollywood. African-American celebrities (younger and older) are incensed about the fact that people of color aren’t nominated for enough awards or even chosen to win. #OscarsSoWhite is the new hashtag that has risen from all the controversy and is taking over all social media platforms. It is hashtag heaven on Twitter. Twitter accounts from @ComplexMag to @PerezHilton are all tweeting their opinions on the issue.

One of the younger actresses, Zendaya has spoken out saying this year’s slate of nominees “feels like a step backwards.”  She feels that something definitely needs to be done as she is utterly disappointed in the industry. “Well, all I can say is there needs to be, I think, recognition for people to do good work, and it shouldn’t matter what color skin you are. Unfortunately, it does” (People). One of the biggest voices being heard right now in the news is the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002, Halle Berry. “It was important to me, but I knew in the moment that it was bigger than me. In that moment when I said, ‘The door tonight has been opened,’ I believed with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, this barrier, had been broken” (The Guardian). Berry says she is disappointed that this is the second year in a row, the Oscar nominations include zero people of color. Berry says there are many factors that might apply to this reason, but she is hopeful things will change in the near future.

Interestingly enough, movies that involve African-Americans actors such as “Creed” and “Straight out of Compton” are receiving nominations – but for the white actors or writers involved. Sylvester Stallone for example, has been nominated as Best Supporting Actor in “Creed,” whereas Michael B. Jordon, who played the title role, was not. Neither black directors were nominated for their talents. The flap over the “all white” Oscars has prompted, Spike Lee, and Jada Pinkett Smith to stay home on Oscar night; both have said they will not be attending the ceremony this year.

On January 18th, 2016 Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s President has responded with letter on @TheAcademy’s Twitter page. “This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes.” This was recognizably re-tweeted 6,354 times, and comments were sky rocketing. It was time for that change… yesterday.

 

 

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