On Thursday morning, the nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were announced and there was one huge snub that shocked movie critics world wide … Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Not only was the civil rights biopic not acknowledged for “best picture,” but the film’s actors were snubbed as well. Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, two actors who critics were sure would be nominated for their outstanding roles in the drama, were completely shut down by the Academy.
Among some of the other films that received no love, Michael B. Jordan’s Fruitvale Station and Idris Elba’s, Mandela.
“2013 turned out to be a great year in Black cinema, it faded away,” film critic, Shawn Edwards told HipHollywood. “Part of the reason why the movies got snubbed is because there’s not enough Black people voting, the ratio is still off. The majority of the voters don’t like Black films.”
Edwards, the pride and joy of Kansas City then posed this question. “How do you have the greatest year ever in Black film, but none of these movies got nominated?” (Of course with the exception of 12 Years a Slave)
The nine films nominated for best picture were: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Academy Awards will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and will air Sunday March 2, on ABC.
Sound off: Are you surprised with some of this years snubs?
5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs
If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.
1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.
In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary.
2. He’s funny.
Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.
3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.
In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
4. He’s a rapper.
His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle.
5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.
The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.
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