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?
Halle Berry & Her Wig Return For L.A. Riots Drama ‘Kings’
We may know why Halle Berry had those trendils of terrors at last years Oscars ceremony … she was in character for her new flick Kings.
The trailer just dropped and Berry’s curly locks are pretty identical to the ones she infamously rocked at the 2017 Academy awards. Folks went in on the gorgeous beauty about her hair choice for the evening, but we think once people see the trailer they’ll give her a pass.
Kings tells the story of Millie (Berry), a single mother with eight children, and some of them aren’t even her own. But she takes it upon herself to give them the best home that she can, even if it brings a little craziness into her neighborhood and drives her next door neighbor Obie (Daniel Craig) a little crazy. But there’s turmoil on the horizon after the Rodney King verdict is announced and the riots begin, seemingly putting Millie and her family in danger on the streets.
Similar to last years Detroit the flick, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven tackles racial tensions between citizens and law enforcement. Kings received mixed reviews when it premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, but audiences will get to make up their own minds about the hot-button race-relations drama when it lands in theaters on April 27.
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