From the controversial quotes to the best dressed on the red carpet, there is no doubt that the 2016 Oscars will definitely be one to remember. Chris Rock made for a rather entertaining host and Leo finally won a well-deserved Oscar for his performance in The Revenant; so there was much to celebrate at the 88th Academy Awards in February this year.However, on the other side of the Oscar celebrations, the boycotting and #OscarsSoWhite crisis was far from ignored.
With big names such as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo publically stating their disappointment over the lack of diversity of Oscar nominees on social media sites, they managed to pull the public’s attention onto the matter. This put a lot of pressure onto the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was seen as a problem that is now on its way to quickly improving.
Ruffalo attended the event after tweeting: “To clear up any confusion. I will be going to the Oscars in support of the victims of clergy Sexual Abuse and good journalism. #Spotlight”
After a controversial comment made by the host, Chris Rock, during the ceremony, in which he was accused of making a joke of racist stereotypes towards the Asian ethnicity, the show was criticised even further for its “tasteless and offensive skits”. This triggered a public apology from the Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has now after an immense pressure from the public, introduced three new governors from different ethnic backgrounds onto its board.
Boone Isaacs stated “I think so much is achieved with dialogue, so much is achieved. And that is what we’ll continue to do: have dialogue, listen and just keep fixing.” So we should all look to the next Academy Awards with hope for a changed attitude with a lot more diversity.
Written by Emma Butler