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).
“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.
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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