Black Women and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Why Black Women Can’t Act (Alaska) Till-Mobley? The Case of Deadwyler and Riseborough
For her powerful and moving performance as Mamie Till-Mobley in “Till,” Danielle Deadwyler was nominated for a BAFTA Award, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and several other industry prizes.
But despite garnering critical acclaim for her turn as Emmett Till’s grieving mother, there was one notable award for which she was overlooked: the Oscar.
Deadwyler attributes the snub to systemic racism and “misogynoir,” a term coined by the Black feminist scholar Moya Bailey to refer to a distinct form of misogyny experienced by Black women as a result of how their race and gender intersect.
On the latest episode of Kermode & Mayo’s Take, she mentioned that there are people who choose not to see the film, as well as people who decide not to. Whether it’s directly or indirectly, it impacts who we are.
“But the Academy made a very loud statement, and for me to stay quiet is to accept that statement,” she wrote in a first-person piece for The Hollywood Reporter. I decided to speak up on behalf of Black women who have had their work ignored in the past and for those who haven’t even begun working yet.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has long had a diversity problem, and despite a record number of nominations for Asian actors and filmmakers this year, the organization once again came under fire for who it chose to honor and who it didn’t.
Of the 20 actors up for Oscars this year, two are Black: Angela Bassett, nominated in a supporting role for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”; and Brian Tyree Henry, nominated in a supporting role for “Causeway.”
As Deadwyler and Davis were shut out of the best actress category, Andrea Riseborough received a surprise nod for her performance in the indie film “To Leslie” – a decision that caused controversy because of a social media campaign that major Hollywood stars waged on Riseborough’s behalf shortly before voting for Oscar nominations began. The campaign showed how beneficial having White friends can be.
Davis wrote this week that they rarely are the benefactors in campaigns spearheaded by peers or multi-million industry dollars. If you watch my work you have to decide whether to help or hinder it.
The 54th NAACP Image Awards: A Multi-Generation Celebration of Excellence and Diversity in Film, TV, Music, and Literature
Several filmshelmed by female directors this year were widely praised by critics, but there was no woman nominated for the best director Oscar.
Gina Prince-bythewood is disappointed that her film didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination, but she said that this awards season was an eye-opener.
The 54th NAACP Image Awards is a week-long celebration of excellence in film, TV, music and literature that will culminate in a televised ceremony Saturday.
And while areas of the entertainment industry have worked to become more inclusive and diverse in recent years, Kyle Bowser, senior vice president of the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau, told CNN the organization’s annual awards ceremony is still vital.
He said that the mission is to broaden the scope and that they will evaluate what excellence looks like.
Multiple honors have already been awarded, including outstanding ensemble cast in a motion picture for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” outstanding host in a talk or news/information program to Jennifer Hudson and outstanding breakthrough creative (television) to Quinta Brunson for her work on “Abbott Elementary.”
The A-list BlackHollywood has a lot of talent with them, like Kerry Washington, Oris Rae, and THeo Ellis Ross.
Serena Williams will receive the Sports Award, as will D- Wade who will receive the President’s Award.
The ceremony will air live Saturday at 8:00 p.m ET on BET. It will be available on the Paramount Global networks, including: MTV2, Paramount Network, and TV Land.