Diverse Oscars nominations follow social justice trend

The hosts of the 2018 Oscars, Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish, announce the nominations.

The 2018 Oscar nominations included the most diverse list of nominees than in previous years. British actor Andy Serkis and American comedian Tiffany Haddish announced the nominations on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Haddish is the first female person of color to present the Oscars nominations.
The diverse nominees fit with the current trends in the media promoting diversity and acceptance. Rachel Morrison, the cinematographer for “Mudbound,” made history by becoming the first female cinematographer to receive an Oscar nomination; “Coco” celebrated Mexican culture with its story about a young boy visiting the afterlife; and Best Foreign Film nominee, “A Fantastic Woman” features a transgender woman dealing with the death of her partner.
Olivia ’19, a self-proclaimed film fan, said that she has hope the future will hold even more positive changes in the entertainment industry.
“I think it’s a really monumental year for film and TV especially after the Golden Globes and the ‘Time’s Up’ movement. I can only hope that this trend of the celebrating things worth celebrating will continue for years to come,” Olivia said.

“Time’s Up” is a movement against sexual assault, which was founded in response to Harvey Weinstein’s assault of 84 women in the industry. The leaders of this movement encouraged attendees of Golden Globes to wear black in solidarity with those who experienced sexual assault and continue to push for legal protection against sexual harassment and abuse for women in the workforce. Matilda ’22 said she has sentiment of hope for the future of the entertainment industry.
“I think that the Oscars have taken a turn for the best because they are incorporating a whole new level of diversity and achievement. I want the people who worked the hardest and deeply care about making a difference to win the Oscars,” Matilda said.
English instructor Adam Lowenstein said that he has a more skeptical outlook on the trends of the entertainment industry.
“I think it’s great, but temporary. I am a little cynical of the longevity of the movement and its effects. It’s a behemoth of an industry. Things don’t last without constant effort,” Lowenstein said.
But to those like Eric Reinholtz, Dean of Studies, the Oscars represent a new turn for the entertainment industry especially with the recognition of “Get Out.”
“Even a few years ago a movie like “Get Out” would have been ignored for any major awards because it was a thriller, not a drama, directed by and starring two virtually unknown men of color. That “Get Out” is up for Best Picture, Best Director (Peele), and Best Actor (Kaluuya), tells us that even the highly-traditional Academy recognizes that America has changed,” Reinholtz said.

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