“12 Years a Slave,” only black film nominated for Oscars


"!2 Years a Slave" Director Steve McQueen with the film's stars and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film won Best Picture at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

“!2 Years a Slave” Director Steve McQueen with the film’s stars Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film’s stars were nominated for Oscars this morning. The film won Best Picture at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

By Carmen Glover

“Thor” leading man Chris Helmsworth joined Oscar President Cheryl Boone Isaacs a few minutes ago to announce the films and actors that will compete for Oscar awards on March 2.

The nominations revealed that “12 Years a Slave,” was the only film reflecting the black experience that received Oscar nominations. “Lee Daniels’:The Butler,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Fruitvale Station,” “42” were all overlooked, despite strong showings at the box office, and stellar performances by the actors, including outstanding portrayals by Forest Whittaker (The Butler) and Idris Elba (Mandela).

Scenes from the plantation

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (third from left) in a scenes from the plantation in “12 Years a Slave.”

“12 Years a Slave” was nominated in the following categories: Best Picture, supporting actor and actress, actor, adapted screenplay and director. Mega-producer Pharrell Williams was nominated for his song “Happy” in “Despicable Me,” while U2 was nominated for best original song “Ordinary Love,” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

Yet, there is no cause to rejoice about the nominations given to “12 Years a Slave,” since the film tied with “American Hustle,” for seven nominations each for the Golden Globes, which aired last Sunday, and was snubbed for every category, except “Best Picture,” which was the last winner to be announced at the end of the show.

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor renders a solid performance in "12 Years a Slave."

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor renders a solid performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

It would be nice to be able to feel confident that black talent will be respected enough so that they will emerge winners on Oscar night, but judging from the trend in terms of the nominations and those that were snubbed, it would not be surprising if the pinnacle of acknowledgement by black talent ends today, with the nominations, in a statement by Hollywood that blacks should feel grateful to be nominated and perish any thought of actually winning. –OnPointPress.net.

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