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Exclusive: The Problem With This Year’s Academy Award Nominations, Film Critic Breaks It Down

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Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and directors, Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams took the stage at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards.

Every year, the Golden Globes sets the precedent for award season, so it is no surprise that some of the Golden Globe front runners, like Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything and Boyhood were also recognized by the Academy. However, there seemed to be something completely missing from this year’s Oscar nominations, the lack of diversity.

Selma was nominated for Best Picture and the film’s track, “Glory,” was recognized for Best Original Song, but what about director, Ava DuVernay? Or the film’s star, David Oyelowo for Actor in a Leading Role?

HipHollywood talked exclusively with film critic, Shawn Edwards who explained his concern with this year’s nominations. “It’s a total lack of respect for any type of cinema outside of mainstream,” Edwards said. “Great cinema is great cinema. Important cinema is important cinema. No female director? Ava or Angelina Jolie for Unbroken?”

He continued, “The lack of diversity is shameful. They have to figure out a way to become more inclusive. The best picture list does not represent the viewing taste of America at all.”

Edwards went on record to say that Boyhood, which was heavily nominated, “was a big gimmick. I respect the technique but it’s not going to stand the test of time, like Selma. 

The Oscars are set to air live on Sunday, February 22nd at 4 p.m. on ABC.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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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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