Black Hollywood Needs to Let Go of the Academy Awards

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I don’t watch the Oscars, the Academy Awards, or whatever you like to call it. But then again, I never have. While I spent years thinking that perhaps I was the only person not sophisticated enough to appreciate what I deemed to be the most boring night of the year, I then saw data showing that viewership fell again this year, implying that perhaps I am not alone in my disdain. While there are some who watch the show religiously, the truth is that many Americans (especially black folks), would rather watch old MC Hammer videos at the dentist’s office than endure the psychological tragedy of being both insulted and bored senseless, all at the same time.

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12 responses to “Black Hollywood Needs to Let Go of the Academy Awards

  1. AntBee

    I would like to ask Dr. Watkins, and others exactly what films/performances by black actors in a major motion picture this year was worthy of an Oscar nom???

    Unfortunately, we did not have any films this year that was worthy!

    Sure, we had a few, but none were worthy of an Oscar Nom, let alone an Oscar!

    Simply because we make films and act in them is no reason to believe that they were so great that they warranted and Oscar!

    Did you see “The Black Swan”?

    We say we want to make and star in major motion pictures, however are we willing to do what needs to be done in order to do that?

    Did you see “The King’s Speech”?

    God Bless Tyler Perry, and I hope he continues to get better with every effort, but was any of his films worthy of an Oscar?

    Black folk need to STOP with what the whites did not do and how the whites shut us out and so forth and take a long look at the truth!

    We are 12-13% of the population!

    There is nothing wrong with the Oscar celebration/telecast. This night is about the honor of ones peers in the industry. It is also a night of fun, and galmour. It is a Hollywood tradition. If you like them you watch the show, if not then you are free to turn the channel to whatever you like.

    If we want to see us highlighted (and only black folk) then we need to make our own films, distribute them, and have screens to show them on!

    Again, are we willing to do what is needed to make that happen?

  2. datruthisscary

    Ya know, I debated a White racist who stated something very similiar to what you’re stating here. If you were to omit the word “Black” and use the “N” in your comment, I would think I’m responding to that person. (lol) I think you would be happy to know there’s a racist, White person out there who agrees with you. Take a bow.

  3. AntBee

    datruthisscary said on Black Hollywood Needs to Let Go of the Academy Awards
    March 4, 2011 at 1:38 am

    In response to AntBee on March 4, 2011 at 1:12 am:

    I would like to ask Dr. Watkins, and others exactly what films/performances by black actors in a major motion picture this year was worthy of an Oscar nom??? Unfortunately, we did not have any films this year that was worthy! Sure, we had a few, but none were worthy of an Oscar Nom, let alone […]

    “Ya know, I debated a White racist who stated something very similiar to what you’re stating here. If you were to omit the word “Black” and use the “N” in your comment, I would think I’m responding to that person. (lol) I think you would be happy to know there’s a racist, White person out there who agrees with you. Take a bow”

    Don’t know with whom you debated, however there are millions of intelligent, thinking, black folk that would agree with me, so I do not feel alone in my response.

    If there were any films/performances that you felt worthy, please post them here because I would like to see them.

    Also, you did not respond to the rest of my post regarding us making, distributing, and having the screens to show our own product.

    Is the BET Awards & the NAACP Award shows enough to highlight Black acheivement in film/TV/Stage/Music? Do we really need another awards show for Black folk?

    Sorry, but I am not a racist of any type, and I call it like I see it.

    Until we produce (other than TP), our own films, market, distribute, and have the screens to show them on, and do what it takes to accomplish that goal, things will continue as they are.

    No need to take a bow.

    Thanks

  4. I for one refuse to watch the Oscars, Academies, MTV or even our own BET awards. For some reason, no one seems to get it right. Either we are not represented enough, or the representation is over the top. And who is “Oscar”. I really don’t care enough to research, but I’m positive he has absolutely nothing to do with Black…and wants nothing to do with Black. Luckily the Knicks played Miami that night so I didn’t feel compelled to even consider watching the Oscars. I watched part of the red carpet with my wife to show my support for her interest in fashion, and so that she would be okay when i disappeared, but even that was a sad representation. They don’t even want to highlight us entering the building.

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  12. mary

    sometimes in order to win the race you have to be part of game.
    african americans have to put out movies & documentaries. TylerP.
    yes madea is good for a laugh but wish you wld put out a real film- i was impressed by why did i get married – it was a step in the right direction……but out came the sequel-& it was 2 steps back! everone was angry-territorial the story was weak- like it was badly edited and perhaps there was more we did’nt see. like to see movies w/ blacks just living and working -professionals/ intellectuals not poor/broke out of work or angry.
    no drug dealer, rappers or women acting angry/stupid or putting themselves or others down!

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