The ultra woke in recent years have fretted that nominees for the Academy Awards, set to air Sunday evening, are too white and too male — and students at American University in Washington, D.C., echoed that complaint recently to Campus Reform's Eduardo Neret.
One telling response came from a black female student: "White men need to understand that not every thought that they have is worth saying."
But first let's break down relevant nominees and their categories for this year:
- Lead actor: Of the five contenders, the only nominee of color is Antonio Banderas ("Pain and Glory").
- Lead actress: Of the five contenders, the only nominee of color is Cynthia Erivo ("Harriet").
- Supporting actor and actress: All 10 nominees are white.
- Director: All five contenders are men — and the only nominee of color is Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite").
- Cinematography: All five contenders are men — and the only nominee of color is Rodrigo Prieto ("The Irishman").
- Costume design: Of the six contenders, the only nominee of color is Mayes C. Rubeo ("Jojo Rabbit"), but four of the six nominees are women.
- Film editing: Of the five contenders, the only female nominee is Thelma Schoonmaker ("The Irishman"), and the only nominee of color is Jinmo Yang ("Parasite").
What did the students have to say about the Oscars?
"I definitely think there's a problem," one student told Campus Reform of the mostly white and male Oscar nominees. "I feel like, as a Latina woman, I want to see more representation in entertainment."
"It's not reflective of our actual population," a white female student told the outlet.
Another white female student noted that the Academy Awards have been "predominantly white for such a long time, and we need more representation."
But one student — a white male — said the "race or gender of specific nominees" shouldn't be taken into consideration "too much." He added: "Qualifications and the quality of the work should be the priority as opposed to your level of melanin or chromosomes."
Another white male student noted, "If the white actors, if the male actors deserve the Oscars, they should be receiving them — but that goes for any actor of color, too."
Here's the video: