Hollywood be aware, shakedown artist Al Sharpton is disappointed that no black actors have been nominated for an Oscar this year.
“The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling, and while it is good that ‘Selma’ was nominated for Best Picture, it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations,” Sharpton said in a statement, according to Business Insider.
And who knew that along with his ability to shake down corporations, dodge the tax man and stir racial animosity, Sharpton was a skilled evaluator of Hollywood talent?
“With all of the talent in Selma and other black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history,” the race provocateur added.
As for his own skill, Sharpton managed to connect the Oscars to Ferguson — now that’s talent!
“In the time of Staten Island and Ferguson, to have one of the most shutout Oscar nights in recent memory is something that is incongruous,” he said in an interview with the New York Daily News. “The only category we’re well represented is in the best picture nomination and it’s a movie about blacks being shut out of society. And now we’re shut out of Hollywood.”
In addition to receiving a nomination for Best Picture, the movie “Selma” was also nominated for best Original Song.
Business Insider reported that Sharpton announced that he was holding an “emergency meeting” next week in Hollywood to address the lack of diversity.
“The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets,” Sharpton said.
Industry executives planning on attending would be well advised to bring their checkbooks.
Interestingly, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres unknowingly summed up the current scenario during her opening monologue at last year’s Oscar when she said: “Possibility number one: ’12 Years a Slave’ wins Best Picture. Possibility number two: You’re all racists.”
By the way, the movie was nominated in nine categories last year and won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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