I think (white) people are missing the point about the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. I’m just another talking head with stars in my eyes in this dialogue. Take from it what you wish.
Here’s the way I look at it.
The heart of the issue is that we’re not creating roles for people of color to even be CONSIDERED for something as prestigious as an Academy Award in this day and age. That is the highest regard someone can be given within the industry. We’re not being nominated because the roles that are being considered are not colorblind. There are some instances where the role has to be a white person, but you can’t tell me a person of color wouldn’t have played those potentially colorblind roles well, even well enough to be nominated for an Oscar.
People of color don’t want to be considered for a nomination, solely because they’re black, brown, yellow or green. We want to be considered for the roles that give people the opportunity to be nominated, from the jump. After that, it’s every actor for themselves. You can’t tell me a person of color couldn’t headline an “Oscar bait” film because of the color of their skin. That’s a ridiculous, old world thought process.
We want the folks who bankroll and produce these films to take a chance and consider giving people of color the fighting chance to write, direct, produce, act, sing, or tech a film that would earn a nomination. PERIOD.
The white people who are commenting on this – I’m looking at you, Michael Caine and Charlotte Rampling – are missing the point.