As I've mentioned before in this blog, African-Americans do not represent people of color. If an African-American wins an Oscar, that does not mean an Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native American, Arab-American has won an Oscar.
To say that people of color won half the Oscars in the major categories is misleading, and I'll explain why now:
On Sunday night, African-Americans swept the Oscars with the Best Picture going to a film directed by a black person, while the Best Documentary went to a film made by an African-American woman. The Adapted Screenplay went to another black man, while the Supporting Actress went to a Kenyan-born black woman. This was almost half the number of the eight principal categories.
As it turned out, a Mexican-born man won the Best Director Oscar. No Asian-American, Native American, or Arab-American won.
The night was reminiscent of when Denzel Washington and Hally Belly won both the top acting prizes a decade ago.
As I've also pointed out, African-Americans make up just 12% of the U.S. population. Hollywood obviously finds African-Americans and their "cause" irresistible to the exclusion of other minorities.
No Asian-American has EVER been nominated in the lead acting categories. The last time an Asian-American was nominated for an acting award was about a decade ago.
Sunday night was a bit like watching the Democratic presidential nominating convention. A third African-American with a real "minority" of other racial/ethnic minorities--a sprinkling here and there, so to speak.
What is even more bizarre is that in California, the home of the film industry (Hollywood), blacks constitute only 6% of the population, while Asian-Americans are double that number at 13%, and Hispanics (of any race) 38% while whites are 74% of the population.*
We want to see faces on our small (televisions) AND large (movie theater) screens representative of our nation, don't we?
The top loading of African-Americans, as in the world of professional sports, does not advance equality.
It only advances African-Americans. It does nothing for other minorities and may in fact hinder them.
Wake up, Hollywood!
Wake up, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, Native-Americans, gays, Europeans, Asians, Latin Americans.....you're still largely invisible to most of America, including Hollywood, for whom you're relegated to third-balcony status.
Boycott the Oscars...which year after year have become the Black Oscars to showcase African-Americans.