Rants

Oscars Diversity

First of all, I’d like to thank the Academy for handing the Oscar over to Moonlight, because it meant that I am not going to start a one woman riot. La La Land was an interesting film, and aesthetically pleasing, but nowadays, if you aren’t challenging anything, you’re not making a groundbreaking film. How can something that doesn’t risk anything be groundbreaking?

After the wrong winner being announced, the producer of La La Land corrected the mistake, and showed the camera the real winner, Moonlight. An extremely deserving film, full of diversity and rarely spoken of issues.

The whole debacle was entertaining to watch blow up. It’s the wrong announcement of the Next Top Model all over again, but with even more people pulling different expressions of ‘Wait… We lost?’. It feels bad to say it was gold, but- it was gold.

Not only did a film about a gay black man win best picture, Mahershala Ali, also in Moonlight, won Best Supporting Actor, becoming the first Muslim actor to ever win an Oscar. History really was made.

It’s amazing to see how diverse the movie industry is becoming. People who could never have found themselves in popular films, and who could never have related to the stories told on the screen, are finally starting to get proper representation. I mean, it’s 2017, so it’s about time. There should be higher standards for films nowadays.

Hopefully soon it won’t be a spectacle for a Muslim to win an Oscar, or for a film about a gay African American to win one. As these things happen for the first time, or second, or third, it becomes less and less difficult for those following to do the same. These wins have cleared a path for film makers and actors of the future.

It’s time for a change.

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