Al Sharpton said the lillywhite Oscar nominations are "appallingly insulting" and called for an "emergency meeting next week in Hollywood to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards." No black actors or actresses were nominated Thursday morning.
Give me a break. So, even if the quality of acting just wasn't there this year, should black actors be nominated anyway because of the color of their skin?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this contrary to Dr. King's work? (since we are talking about the acting of Selma not being recognized individually even though collectively it was through the nomination it garnered in the Best Picture category.)
Not to mention, how is it an "emergency" that the Academy is its own association and can pick its own standards for what it deems superlative for any particular year?
Affirmative action for movies. Now I've heard it all.
If you care to read the entire article, the Daily Beast just provides a summary. The original story appears on the New York Daily News - a link is provided on The Beast's site, which I have seeded here.