Let's take a moment to look back. Within the ninety-one year legacy of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which African films has it honored? An Oscar nomination is not the end-all in determining a film's value; still, the on-going narrative of this award ceremony often reflects trends and changes in film culture, … Continue reading Which African Films Have Been Nominated for Oscars?
June 2018, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended 928 invitations to artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. There appear to be eighty-nine Black members--seventeen of whom identify as African, Afro-Caribbean, or Afro-European. The entire list is below with the Black members' names in bold. … Continue reading Who are the current Black Academy members?
"Crammed into this year’s field of 10 best picture Oscar nominees are British aristocrats, Volvo-driving Los Angeles lesbians, a flock of swans, a gaggle of Harvard computer geeks, clans of Massachusetts fighters and Missouri meth dealers, as well as 19th-century bounty hunters, dream detectives and animated toys. It’s a fairly diverse selection in terms of … Continue reading 2010: A Year with Few Blacks in U.S. Films