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Remember that fun neat Oscars selfie that Ellen posted? What a fun, spur of the moment bit, right? 

NOPE. It was planned out ahead of time and sponsored by fucking Samsung. There's no spontaneity at the Oscars, except for the rare WTF nonsense like Roberto Benigni being crazy and weird.

 

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There's been a lot of talk lately about the Oscars being racist as shit, and - yeah, that's mostly true. Although probably a more passive racism, wherein members are just responding to things that speak to their own life experience, and less that they're conspiring to not nominate anyone from Creed because they're black.

See, Oscar voters are overwhelmingly white, male, and old (and rich as fuck). So unless you're a 62 year old white millionaire, there's a good chance that the opinions of the Oscars don't represent your worldview or align at all with your taste in film. 

....which is why there's been a major call for greater diversity in the Oscar voting pool - not to "force diversity" or anything, but because it's a closed-off group of rich old white people who have little in common with the rest of the country. A recent study found that Oscar voters are 94% Caucasian, 77% male, and had a median age of 62. People under 50 represented about 14% of voters - and blacks and Latinos represented less than 5% of all voters COMBINED.

It's not surprising minorities are so rarely nominated - people are simply more likely to identify with films and individuals whose experiences mirror their own.

Cuz I mean - seriously - how do you nominate Straight Outta Compton and Creed but only the Caucasian individuals involved with those films?! It's surreal to think about. Not that the individuals nominated didn't deserve it, but...c'mon.

That being said - Creed? So good.

 

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