With less than 2 weeks to go, the 87th Academy Awards will soon be upon us as the star studded red carpet makes its way for this years biggest film actors as they compete for one (maybe 2 or more) of the most prestigious awards around – The Oscars.
With the date set for February 22nd 2015, the line up is one which should not be missed including nominees for films such as Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, American Sniper directed by Clink Eastwood and The Imitation Game starring Britain’s very own Benedict Cumberbatch. However it is not the arrival of celebrities in their shimmering gowns that will bring me excitement when asked ‘who are you wearing’ or the endless lines of well dressed men that will catch my attention or even the endless lists of thanks when someone wins an award.
What will really capture my attention at the Oscars is the lack of diversity such an award brings in 2015.
Gracing this years Hollywood Vanity Fair cover, shot by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz, a star filled Oscar nominated line-up can indeed be seen. Taking centre stage are Eddie Redmayne, 33 and his co-star Felicity Jones, 31, stars of this years biographical romantic drama the Theory of Everything based on the life of Stephen Hawking.
Other celebrities include Amy Adams, 40 Channing Tatum, 34, Reese Witherspon, 38, David Oyelowo, 38, Benedict Cumberbatch, 38 as well as Sienna Miller, 33, Oscar Isacc, 35 and Miles Teller, 27.
Yet out of the 10 stars on the cover of the popular culture magazine only 2 stars are of ethnicity. David Oyelowo is a British-Nigerian actor and star of Selma, based on Martin Luther King Jr and Oscar Isaac, of A Most Violent Year who is Guatemalan born.
David Oyelowo recently voiced his opinion when asked by E! News about The Oscars’ lack of diversity stating “These things happen.”
Cheryl Boone, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science expressed her thoughts on the lack of diversity regarding Oscar nominations during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press following widespread criticism.
With criticism starting on Twitter with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which began trending instantly, Boone insisted that the academy is “committed to seeking out diversity of voice and opinion”. Such defence from Boone also saw The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition issue a statement saying the nominations ,which were issued through balloting, “obviously reflects a lack of diversity in Oscar voters as well as in films generally.”
With this years Oscars being one of excitement and anticipation it also looks to be one that is in need of more diversity.