January 25th, 2011
01:29 PM ET
Oscar nominations: Who got snubbed?
It's not surprising that "The King's Speech" is up for a whopping 12 Oscars, or that the Academy has plenty of love for “The Social Network,” but there are quite a few names left off this morning's Oscar nominations list that have some crying "snubbed!"
Nearly everyone is surprised that while three of Mark Wahlberg’s co-stars in “The Fighter” are nominated – Melissa Leo and Amy Adams are dueling in the best supporting actress category while Christian Bale is nominated for best supporting actor – Wahlberg himself didn’t make the best actor category.
The same goes for Ryan Gosling, who was skipped over for a best actor nomination while his “Blue Valentine” co-star Michelle Williams is up for a best actress Oscar. Paul Giamatti, fresh off his Golden Globe win for best actor in a comedy/musical for his “Barney’s Version” role, was also left out.
Among the actresses, some of you have noted that "Black Swan" stars Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey are curiously missing from the best supporting actress nominations. Julianne Moore may have competed with Annette Bening for the best actress in a comedy/musical Golden Globe with her “Kids Are All Right” role but she won’t get the opportunity at this year’s Academy Awards.
And while “Inception” is nominated for best picture of the year, Christopher Nolan didn’t make the cut in the best direction category, which sparked a fury of "where's Nolan?!" outrage across the Web. (Let's say you could replace one of the currently nominated directors with Nolan, though....who would it be?)
The "Social Network" may have 8 Oscar nods, but none of them are for actors Andrew Garfield or Justin Timberlake, although a few of you aren't at all surprised by that.
It's also worth noting - as many of you point out - that after the success of "Precious" at last year's Academy Awards (winning both the best adapted screenplay Oscar and a best supporting actress statuette for Mo'Nique) the list of nominees this year is far less diverse. On the heels of Kathryn Bigelow taking the best direction Oscar and becoming the first woman to do so, this year's direction category is all male.
Says commenter JP, "Good to see all the actors and actresses of color nominated this year. At least they dragged Mo'Nique out to help present the nominees. That was so transparent. Oh well, something of color was nominated, the Black Swan. The very best that movies have to offer. Really?"
Commenter PoohBear70 adds, "Congrats to all of the Nominees. However, I take exception to the fact that there absolutely NO African Americans nominated in just about every category at all this year. While I've seen all of these movies, and critics didn't like or care for the movie "For Colored Girls;" some of those women gave excellent performances and at least ONE of them should've been nominated even there was no chance of them winning! (i.e. Anika Nonee Rose, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise). I'm white and don't agree with the academy's consistent dislike, disdain and faithfully leaving out minorities in which some who are very talented, gave raving performances."
But, commenter Grondahl has a rebuttal: "Precious, in case you forgot, was gripping, painful, and a powerful experience, if a little uneven. It deserved every award it received or was nominated for. To toss a few nominations at For Colored Girls, a middling movie in every respect, would be throwing the proverbial bone, and that would be far more insulting than snubbing it for nominations it doesn't deserve."
This leads to the question of another possible snub - do you think Oscar winner Halle Berry should have gotten a nod for her "Frankie & Alice" role (the same one that earned the actress a Golden Globe nod in the best actress category)?
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All people of color should boycott the movies period. It is not a race issue, it is about being fair. It is about the green, wouldn't you want in on it? Especially in this economy.
Black people should get it, and stop going to most white movies, making them rich, while black actors and directors get poorer. Get them in their pockets, boycott.
What about Leonardo? I'm not sure if he deserved one for inception but he was exceptional in blood diamond. I didn't know he had it in him. Why didn't he win for that movie. Great movie and brillant acting.
This was the lamest and most predictable Oscars ever.
I saw the train film with Denzel Washington and thought it was as good as anything else of the few film s I saw.That is only my opinion.
Halle Berry should sooo have got a nomination or sth!! Frankie and Alice is the best Movie i have watched so far in the last 3 mths!!!
FACT: RACISM WILL ALWAY BE HERE...MILLIONS OF WHITES HATE BLACK PEOPLE AND
MILLIONS OF BLACK PEOPLE HATE WHITE PEOPLE. EVEN IN OTHER COUNTRIES
THERE IS RACISM...BUT IS GOD A RACIS?
(1john 4:8 "God is love"...,1john 4:20 -"IF A MAN SAY I LOVE GOD, AND HATETH HIS BROTHER
HE IS A LIAR:FOR HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER WHOM HE HATH SEEN, HOW CAN HE
LOVE GOD WHOM HE HATH NOT SEEN? AND THIS COMMANDMENT HAVE WE FROM HIM,
THAT HE WHO LOVETH GOD LOVE HIS BROTHER ALSO.
NOW THE LIGHT SHINES ON THOSE WHO ARE NOT FROM GOD....BY WHAT YOU SAY AND WHAT
DO TO YOUR BROTHERS.
Singling Lena Horne out for a special tribute was reverse discrimination. THAT was the bone thrown.
your all back seat drivers
Reading many of these comments reminds of how naive a lot of "white" people really are. Discrimination and oppression doesn't exist right? Why? Because you never experienced it? So since you've never experienced it, that means no one else has because they only people who truly matter are those that have had your experiences and ultimately look like you, right? I don't mean sound "racist" but this is insane. I'm in the industry and I can tell you, color comes up ALL the time!
If the executives are all white, they hire producers and writers who are all white, what do you think the cast is going to reflect? What do you think the story is going to be about? People write about what they know. And if the majority of people in the industry look a certain way and have had similar experiences, then the stories are going to reflect that. In Hollywood, oftentimes, people of color are an afterthought, something to throw in as a token; to say "Hey, we're diverse!" Every now and then something comes or someone comes along that has such an impact, that Hollywood and Academy can not ignore them. But most times, they are ignored.
It's evident with these comments. "No person of color did any Oscar Nominated material." Is a blanket, ignorant statement. How many movies did you all see featuring people of color? Do you even know what they are? You probably don't because many of you do not watch the same programming, listen to the same radio station, read the same magazines, go to the same blogs and websites as people of color. So if a movie features a predominately "black" cast, they won't be advertising between "Gossip Girl" or "Two and a Half Men." So often times, you won't hear about them. And "For Colored Girls" had Oscar worthy performances in there that could head up with ALL of the best actress nominees. When people say "For Colored Girls" wasn't good enough, they very seldom can site specifically why, other than some bland rhetoric. Could it be maybe you just didn't get it? You couldn't relate? Well, 516,000 other people according to how DVD's it sold it's first week out. Because in the end, the only color that really matters is green.
I hope Ishtar 2 wins best picture....best director will go to steven seagul...best actor....charlie sheen...best actress...lindsay lohan...best animated movie...definetly..bugs bunny...special effects....the social network....and best screenplay....Rocky 7
after watching most of the movies ... I think Ryan Gosling far outdid Michelle Williams in the movie "Blue Valentine". He definitely was snubbed. Also, Dianne Wiest I think was a much more memorable character in "Rabbit Hole" than Nicole Kidman. Nicole definitely did an outstanding job but it just seems that many of her roles are repeats, for lack of better terminology. And finally, why are Jesse Eisenberg & Mark Ruffalo nominated. I love them as actors but oscar nominated actors ... ummmm, not sure about that! And that's my two cents!
I was fortunate enough to see all of the movies nominated, and can honestly say that in my personal opinion, not all of the performances or movies deserved an Oscar nod. However, I do also understand the politics involved with the Academy. I personally believe that many of the nominations are based solely on who the Academy wants to glorify, and/or what performance or movie is going to generate the most buzz. I saw The Social Network. And while the storyline was somewhat entertaining, I will never understand the reasons for all of the nominations. Aside from the fact that it's a movie about the most popular and "in" social networking site on the internet, there was no out of this world directing, or acting in my opinion. But, in the long run, it doesn't matter what any of us think. I was 210% behind Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler, but Sean Penn won Best Actor for Milk, and in his acceptance speech, even acknowledged that Rourke was more deserving.
When we can all understand that the Academy Awards are about the politics of Hollywood, the money, and the headlines, maybe then we can stop complaining about who or what, and just enjoy an entertaining show on a Sunday night, where the Academy glorifies itself as the top dog in Hollywood. It's the entertainment industry for a reason... simply to entertain us with glitz, glamor, and handsome people.
I really think that one of the "For Colored Girls" cast member should have at least been nominated for there performances. I think working with a less than mediocre script and pulling it off–like many of the actors did–deserves an oscar nod. But bad writing and bad directing always outshine great performances...just the way it goes...
Why is it that every time we have an award show someone has to get on the race bandwagon and complain about SOMETHING? If you don't like what reality is, learn to act, get some financing, write a script, film a movie, and prove that you have what it takes to be a serious artist. Stop your whining. I'm sick of hearing about African Americans and people of color who can't get a break. We all are people of color. Nobody is white- it's a label, not a fact.
Perhaps they werent many NGGER awards because the NGGER movies stank. Ever think about that. You see not every NGGER can dance, sing, act.
THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION ARE MUCH TOO HUNG UP ON PIGMENTATION. SKIN COLOR IS AN EXCUSE TO HATE AND NAME CALL. STUDY ANTHROPOLOGY AND GINETICS AND YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT ALL HUMANITY IS A RANGE AND VARIATION OF SKIN COLOR, EYE COLOR AND HAIR TEXTURE. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE BASED ON THE HISTORY OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. STUDY NATURAL ADAPTATION. STOP WASTING TIME HATING AND VERBALLY ABUSING EACH OTHER. IN EVERY SITUATION, KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO COMMUNICATING IN POSITI VE AND PRODUCTIVE TERMS. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY AREAS OF SOCIETY AND BUSINESS ARE DOMINATED BY LIGHTER SKINNED PEOPLE WHO SEEK TO ELEVATE OTHER LIGHTER SKINNED PEOPLE TO RECEIVE ATTENTION. THE RESULTS HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN THAT DARKER SKINNED PEOPLE ARE LEFT OUT, WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, RACISM, AS REDICULOUS AS IT IS EXISTS. THERE IS BLACK RACISM AND THERE IS WHITE RACISM, EQUALLY HATEDRIVEN MINDSETS. THERE ARE MANY BLACK FILM PRODUCERS, PLAYWRITERS, DIRECTORS AND ACTRESSES. SOME ARE ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. WE, AS A POTENTIAL AUDIENCE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT WE PAY OUR MONEY TO SEE. I PERSONALLY DISREGARD MOVIES THAT DO NOT APPEAL TO ME NO MATTER WHAT THE PRINCIPLE ETHNIC MAKEUP OF THE CAST. I WANT TO SEE GOOD MOVIES. THE ACADAMY AWARDS DO WHAT THEY DO. IF THEY OVERLOOK A SEGMENT OF THE MOVIE INDUSTRY, WHO CARES.
IN TODAY'S MARKET THE PUBLIC DECIDES WHAT IS APPEALING TO THEM WHEN THEY GO TO THE VIDEO STORE AND RENT OR PURCHASE THE DVD'S AND BLUE RAYS. THE TECHNOLOGICAL ERA WE LIVE IN PUTS THE MOVIE OF CHOICE IN THE HANDS OF THE CONSUMER, AND THE RESULT OF THE ACADEMY AWARD DOESN'T MEAN TOO MUCH ANYMORE. SO THEN, EVERYBODY CALM DOWN AND POP SOME NICE FRESH POPCORN. CALL THE FAMILY IN AND HAVE A GREAT MOVIE TIME RIGHT THERE IN YOUR OWN HOME, WATCHING WHATEVER MOVIE YOU WANT. BLACK OR WHITE OR COLOR. LOL
Couldn't get in to comment on story "10 most iconic movie kisses." Have the writers ever seen the 1988 Italian film "Cinema Paradiso"? Collecting movie kisses is a major part of the plot, and the kisses are much more classic than the recent mostly juvenile stuff in the "10 most iconic movie kisses" article. Please get more experienced film writers.
Why was the movie Secretariat snubbed? Diane Lane gave a wonderful performance as did her co star John Malcavich. What's the deal here, is it because the movie made money or that it is a Disney film? The people who pick for the Oscars need to pull their heads out of the hole their heads are stuck in!
Halle Berry was superb in Frankie and Alice. She should have got nominated as well as the actor that played the Doctor that treated her.
I'm not watching. In the year 2011 Hollywood StILL has issues with being diverse on TV and movie when this is what the kids of the future want to see. I believe to move ahead a lot of people with their ignorance and racism just have to die off.
EVERYONE of COLOR was snubbed.....I advised to not watch.
I AM SO GLAD SMUG, BOLD LEGS BERRY DIDN'T GET NOMINATED..SHE IS CUTE FROM THE HIPS UP, BUT IS THE SAME IN ALL HER ACTING JOBS...I AM TIRED OF HER..........GO HOME AND BE A MOTHER TO THAT BABY YOU HAD OUT OF WEDLOCK, BY THAT GIVE -SPERM – AWAY LOSER....
"WANDA"??? You can say whatever you want about her talent, but any woman who calls Ms. Berry "cute from the waist up" is a major property owner on that bright green island called Jealousy.
I thought "The Karate Kid" was a gorgeous film, should have been nominated for Cinematography and Jackie Chan [Best Supporting Actor] and Country Strong was so authentic–regarding Country Music and aspects of addiciton–Gweneth Paltrow gave THE performance of the year and it should have grabbed a best picture nod. KCF
The way to get more minorities nominated is to offer them more roles. If you put more in the funnel hopefully you'll have more winners. The Golden Globes were noticeably absent of color as well. Our movies should reflect the diversity of the country period.
The BET awards shoukd have a watermelon eating contest among nominees to decide the victor.
I would watch the hell outa that!
What a lively discussion. The topic of race seems to bond and divide at the same time, like the ying and the yang of existence. As it has been said over and over again, movies are a business, they require funding, production, marketing and distribution, this easily can go into the millions at a minimum, but to get the Oscars you gotta spend a helluva lot more. Unfortunately black films or any other ethnic production rarely receive that type of long haul financial backing, leaving many movies with great scripts, actors and production left out of the Oscar eye line. Film makers and their supporters realize this and commence to create acknowledgment and accolades through the creation of "their very own" awards show. It's a business, that even minorities don't want to be left out of, can you blame us? Don't think so. Maybe next year we as the under represented group of Hollywood will already have movies coming down the pipeline that are Oscar worthy. Stay tuned, don't count us out yet, the best is yet to come.
I'm just glad there's very little "Inception" up there although I would prefer it didn't make the Best Picture list. As someone else here said, that was a stupid action movie disguised as a thinker.
why do we have to nominate somebody by skin color only if they don;t deserve to be.that;s ridiculous.let them earn it like everybody else that;s equality when you do something equal to or greater then somebody else regardless of skin color.
Agreed. However, why nominate someone because they are white? Why are standards set in white...not Black and white.
I was being comical. Jarvier Bardem was given the Oscar nod and should win. I have to admit I didn't know anything about BIUITFUL until last week. Now if he don't win, hmmmmm.
I'm still a little confused as to why Nolan didn't get a nomination. Mostly though I'm hoping Franco walks with the Best Male Oscar...sure Firth was great but come on...for like 90% of the movie Franco is by himself...doesn't have any great supporting cast to help bolster up his performance...it's just, by himself, and I think was therefore the most challenging role. I found this site using my Logitech Revue with Google TV (I'm a DISH customer/employee) while watching my local news...on commercials I started looking up Oscar news online (I can do both at once. Awesome!), and found this site. Great article, by the way.
I also think Ben Affleck was snubbed. His performance was excellent.
I so hate this black, white discussions since I'm bi racial but I have seen most movie this year and there are few African American who gave an exemplary performance compare to the white counterparts who are nominated but at the same time fair is fair and so often too many of the black actors are not given a good role in a movie. Now, these same movies are watched by all races despite the absent of minority in them. Should minority ban them? No but there need to be more involvement of minority in these movies. There was a comment about blacks having their own show but it was and still because of racism why these show had and still exist. If they dont appreciate their own, who is? Well, even though the academy won't miss me, I certainly won't miss it either cause I won't be watching it! Congrats to all the nominees!
For Halle to have been snubbed in regards to the outstanding performance she gave in Frankie and Alice, that's amazing. Especially after seeing Black Swan. I thought Natalie was stunning but her role wasn't anything extraordinary.
For colored girls, was an amazing film, especially as a black woman. Will it probably win an Image award? Yea, but Tyler Perry is not the only voice of blacks in america, maybe this is the motivation to work harder in films, the reason that the films are so divided is because for some stupid reason, we are so scared to work together. This year in movies kinda sucked, last year we had the blind side and precious, this year, the social network and black swan, doesn't quite compete. And Yea we have our own award shows, so what, get over it, only way to showcase some talent in minorities is that way. Maybe this is the push we need, let's get to know each other, and make movies, the right way, i'm tired of watching some of the same stories. That's the real injustice in films today, it's the same thing over and over just different faces.
Your an idiot. Shut up!
My comment is about Black Swan and The Kings Speech, which I looked forward to seeing. And eventually found myself looking at my watch wondering when it was going to end. The first 45 min were pretty good, the rest boring. Don't think it deserves a nomination. Loved the Kings Speech because of Rush but honestly not much story there and could have been done on tv in a 1 hr special. Can't believe these 2 are nominated.
Think about it. Why does a horrible movie get a nod? Could it be that someone is buying an oscar. Or maybe someone's palms got greased. Just sayn.
I read almost every comment on this, I don't under all the negative comments given on racism. Also people chatting back & forth & say (example) that some are not educated & comment on prison, some of you are childish that is for sure. People get hurt easy. I know you don't know each other thank goodness for that. How can people make these kind of comments by being so rude especially on line. Maybe your thinking I should get a grip & this for some people is entertaining yourself. You can do this yes, but not in a mean way this is why people try to defend themselves. When you think positive your a much happier person. Have a nice day everyone
What do you expect the awards are ran by white people. The movie for color girls was a beautiful movie. That movie just show how strong we as african american women have to work harder in life. They can not stand to see BEAUTIFUL AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN to sucessed in life.Its ok as an African American woman we know what we are worth!!
do you think Oscar winner Halle Berry should have gotten a nod for her "Frankie & Alice" role (the same one that earned the actress a Golden Globe nod in the best actress category)?
No, because she can't act.
It's a cruel jew world out there.
Why does it matter that only whites made the list? There doesn't NEED to always be a black representative. If the Academy didn't feel that any black actors deserved a nom then so be it. Its no based on race its based on performance. Get over it.
I know 45% of this nation do not agree with President Obama's policy but you don't BLACK BALL, every person of color for it. Did any one see the movie Mother? The lead actress gives a flawless performance. Ok I see it. The Academy drafted a policy that stated, " no black, red or brown person " will be nominated. Take that Obama and Oprah supporters.
I saw 'Inception' twice. The 1st time it seemed pretty good. The 2nd time, not very good at all. To me it seemed they were making up things as they went to explain each scene that happened. And as each character was introduced in the film, they were made out to be bigger than life and that didn't come across at all. Definitely not worthy of 'best picture.'
Jarvier Bardem who happens to be Latino is nominated. Sometimes there are not any films with African-Americans that deserve to be nominated. It is not racism, it's just a reality.
Well as usual we have a plethora of incredible grammatical and spelling gaffs, however it's not all bad news, because it leaves the good jobs open for the people who did try at school! :o)
Boy r we so short dayed an minded Hey guies for getting some thing realy r u
Okay, now try that again in English.
I think the accadamy snubbed Ben Afflect and his suberb movie The Town. I saw it 3 times. It was so good. It deserved recognition. You couldn't pay me to see The King' Speech. Or the Kids are Allright. The Town was so good and now I will not watch the awards. When will the Acadamy ever get it right. Who cares about a stupid man who studders. And who cares about a couple lesbians.
OH GOOD LORD ! It's always the same, every time something doesn't go the way that they want it to they hollar RACISIM. I dont believe in this country that racisim is that big of a problem anymore except from the black race. There are FAR MORE black racist than there are white i am absolutely sure of that. They need to grow up and be men and women about everything instead of children. And for goodness sake stop all that crying and whinning just because they dont get thier way. Thats All I Have To Say About That as Forest Gump would say.
As a proud black woman, I find it unacceptable that there are no black nominees. They should use some affirmative action and have one nominee in each category go to a person of color to make sure there is appropriate diversity reflective of America! I think that is the only way to avoid this racism.
Amen! The government should do something about this, We have a black president we should also have black oscar nominees.
I fail how Mila Kunis' performance deserves a nomination. She gave the same kind of performance she's given in her previous roles!
Just another example of why "Hell is an Awfully Big City" GET THE FACTS, GOOGLE IT!
Differenrt races and cultures all see art in different ways. While I believe america is still a very racist nation (I'm white btw) I don't think its racism that is dictating the academys decision. Hell denzel won out over russell crowe for a beautiful mind, and as much as I loved denzel in training day, the wrong man won (considering denzel should have won about 3 times before that though its fine).I just think that when you have an academy made up mostly of older white people they are going to lean more towards period pieces, musicals etc and not see the great art that many other cultures and races put out there because their tastes are different. I thought when halle berry won and was crying on stage that it was a beautiful moment. I've bad mad on many occassions when morgan freeman hasn't won. Personally I think he is the best actor alive. But besides maybe halle berry this year, I don't know how many truly great performances were given by black actors/actresses...if there is racism its with casting and not giving good roles to minorities. I mean jake gyllenhall playing the prince of persia? Lol. Didn't know he was arab! But I don't see racism with the academy. Maybe its because I'm white. Not racist but obviously I haven't dealt with the same sort of bigotry. But from my perspective I don't see it this year.
All I know is that the best supporting actress from any movie last year was Mila Kunis and she was totally robbed.
totally agree with you ...i couldn't believe Mila didn't get nominated
I don't follow your logic on The Fighter: why should Wahlberg be nominated just because his castmates are good performers?
why does everything have to be a race thing? why cant people just not get nominated? or why cant they just not win because its not as popular? people suck.
@ gordon curvey, im sick of this everytime something happens that blacks dont like its racisim. maybe just maybe they werent good enough. Just because YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE dont like it doesnt mean its racisim. Get you a life and some cheese to go with all that whine.
MODERATOR #965876 is on.
Maybe Minority Actors and Actresses should not attend the Academy Awards... To many times are we ignored?
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So are you! Since you took the time out to read what I typed!....Anyway...on to some real comments...by real bloggers!
So I'm making a movie about the cold war in the early 80's and thanks to this thread I have decided that we DO have to be more diverse. Therefore I am going to use an all minority cast. I'm starting with Don Cheadle as Ronald Reagan.
BooHoo...I'm being bullied..by my own computer because I'm a complete imbecile and have no life....oh boohoo!
Hey sunshine, get a life Loser. That's right.
YOU ARE A LOSER.
Wow! I will be coping this blog and pasting it on my tweet for tomorrow! Some of this stuff should not be allowed on an CNN blog! Not good!
This is the stupidest message board ever. Whining about no black people being nominated for an Oscar. When will they're crying stop. You dont act, write or direct good you dont get a nomination. End of story!
This is to the people at CNN who are supposed to scren emails....there are some cyber bulling on! Isn't there a law against that?
Cyberbullying? Oh cry me a river you worthless turd.
You dumbJiggaboos make us just laugh! Go back to doing what you do well.....like smoking crack and whining about Jimmie "DynOmite" Walker not getting an Oscar....because he's black.
Cry me a river, N1ggers
It's amazing...because ignorance is colorblind. I'm saddened the CNN allows this kind of idiot to post such vile, purtried remarks. Just because we allow free speech, it doesn't mean we have to be subjected to the dilusional rantings of some 12 yr old who is allowed to use the internet after 10 pm. Don't grow up & please,please don't reproduce.The world is a better place without your thoughts. Go to bed & don't wake up. No one will miss you, no one. You ARE NOT human, just a dog with a keyboard.
Who cares?...no one in America is pure anything anymore! And if the minority's didn't get an Oscar..better luck next year!
How racist is it? There are 20 major acting & directing awards at the oscars. In the US 13% is African American, 15% is Hispanic, and 5% is Asian, so if we want to be representative... There should be 2.6 African Americans nominated, 3 hispanics and 1 Asian. So how come Asians are hardly ever represented? And there definitely aren't enough Hispanics represented? Moreover, even though there are no African Americans this year... there were 3 last year or a few years ago when there were 5 (should we have complained of overrepresentation)? Oh wait, the Oscars are supposed to include other countries and be global... that means that 20% of the nominations should be Chinese, 17% Indian, 5% US, and 4% Indonesian... oh wait, that's not true either. Moroever, I've seen some Chinese and Indian movies and acting... and really not so great. Is the movie making industry skewed and racist? Probably, in that it doesn't really accurately reflect or represent the world, or even the US. Are the Oscars racist? Definitely in the past, and maybe still now. Is it racist that there aren't any African Americans nominated this year? I'd say no... In fact, I think African-Americans should be the least likely to complain after Caucasians about the Oscars being racist.
I Race card at the Oscars, when will it end...its like a bad movie that keeps playing over and over...So and so didn't get nominated because they are black, Not enough black people got nominated, so ridiculous....I thought Mike Epps was funny in The Hangover, he is black, maybe they could nominate him, He fits the criteria for a black actor nomination right...he is black...we wouldn't want to base it on performance or anything like that now would we...
why the fck didn't TRON LEGACY get nominated for anything other than sound mixing?!
And enjoy the black president while you can, because it will be a long, long, LONG time before we (white majority, and don't ever forget that) elect another colored president.
You are trash.
Check out my reviews of each of the Best Picture nominations at – http://morrisonrouse.blogspot.com/2011/01/lets-go-out-to-lobby-and-get-ourselves.html#more
You whites are truly an ignorant lot. And for all you whites complaining that blacks complain about there not being any black actors nominated for Oscars this yr., (w/ the exception of a few black ppl on this board), we could care less about the lack of black actors being nominated for Oscars. We have our own movie awards shows where we recognize ourselves in cinema. And, quit acting like black actors can't be in quality movies especially since ALL of these "white" movies that were nominated for Oscars were garbage (they usually are most of time). I personally could care less about any of these crap movies so, Oscars "whiting out" their ceremony this yr. or any yr. is of no concern of mine.
And we have our own awards shows too. One of them is called the oscars.
You Whites? What, are we all the same? That's like a bad joke- all you people look the same to me.
Shut up NGGER. You ignorant piece of SHYT.
So some of you are saying Affirmative Action is needed in AWARD SHOWS now?! Stick with Equal Opportunity; give the "job" to the best, and heartily applaud their efforts!
"Never Let Me Go', "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "The Ghost Writer" deserved to get at least one nomination each.
You are Right...Why are there no black Polo players?
I don't hear any darkies complaining about that?
Why doesn't anyone complain about there not being any great black swimmers?
Don't really care...I was too busy watching the State of the Union Address (which I'm sure few of the nominees could bring themselves to do). In my opinion, until the economy is stabilized, these award shows, which feature designer clothes the majority of Americans can't afford and actors who are only concerned with maintaining their "elite status and privately educated progeny", should be conducted behind closed doors.
I'm not a racist or anything, but my favourite black film is Roots...you know, the part where the Massa chopped off the n1gger's foot?
I laugh every time I see that.
I'm not racist, I have a black friend, but you never see white people destroying a Denny's in Oakland like those black girls did.
Waa? Jack Black wasn't nominated?
Mark Wahlberg not being nominated a surprise? I mean I like the guy, but he played Mark Wahlberg – he's a character actor who I think rarely strays out of type. No disrespect as he is no afraid to surround himself with standout actors – Christian Bale was incredible!
Hi everyone! I'm big Al and I like to dress in women's underwear and troll the gay bars for transgenders like myself. My favourite movie is TransAmerica. I helped me to come out of the closet and be all that I can be....a cross dressing drag queen. Whoopee!!
Grammys are just a product to sell. If they nominate the most popular films more people watch and they make more money. Award shows and ceremonies are crap in my book.
The problem isn't lack of awards for blacks, it's lack of films. Tyler Perrys shucking and jiving doesn't count. I didn't see "For Colored Women" but I heard it was horrible from people of color.
You didn't see "For Colored Girls" so you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT IT. I don't that you even know any minorities to begin with. Why don't take your biased, closed-minded self to a redbox or movie rental service, go see the movie and then come back with an insightful post?
Being on the racism topic.
Let's bring back the good ol' north/south segregated days.
I would replace Coen brothers with Christopher Nolan. For one they already have an Oscar. Second, they remade a film that didn't really need to be remade and to tell the truth wasn't all that interesting. Here's hoping that Dark Knight Rises is so amazing that he finally gets the nomanation he deserves.
I'm actually a girl, not a sir. ;). And, so you know, I'm here on this forum for laughs. And I've gotten some great ones. As for you taking an English class, it certainly couldn't hurt. :). Good night
Stop acting like Blacks can't get good roles. Independent and small budget films are nominated all the time, start making good movies and not the endless cavalcade of films that appeal to ONLY the black community. Precious was good because it was a well made film, not because it had black people in it. Winter's Bone was a great film because it was well made, not because it had white people in it. Only 1 in 10 persons in this country is black, the simple mathematical odds of being nominated play out.
Why don't you see the Chinese, Native American, Samoan, etc etc peoples whining about them not getting let in for a token nomination?
See how serious you white (with finger in butt) folks are your so edjamacated. Figure this one out brainiac. Why I'm I wasting my time commenting online with an uneducated person. Here or hears the answer I'm a racist loser, with no life. Did I spell it out for you sir or would or wood you rather I take an English class from you genius.
See how serious you white (with finger in butt) folks are your so edjamacated. Figure this one out brainiac. Why I'm I wasting my time commenting online with an uneducated person. Here or hears the answer I'm a racist loser, with no life. Did I spell it out for you sir or woould or wood you rather I take an English class from you genius.
So u are saying that if an African-american doesn't get a nomination, it's because he or she is an African-american? What a bunch of crock! People get nominated on the basis of how well they play a role and how convincing they are not bc of the color of their skin. This is ridiculous! U African-americans need to stop playing the race card when u don't get your way. If u r nominated bc u are an African-american, that is reverse racism. The best peole, no matter what the color of their skin is, get nominated for their acting ability not bc of what color they are or are not. What a crock! U need to get off your high horse and work hard like everybody else. U r not getting it handed to u bc of the color of your skin. Grow up! Act like adults! Too many people are acting childish when they don't get their way! I'm tired of this race card accusations. Great actors and actresses get nominated. Good actors and actresses do not.You do not want people winning bc of the color of their skin, but rather for how well they did their job. Deal with it!
Even though, I agree with the nominations this year. It is not true that the best people get nominated every year. That is some crap. High profile films with high profile stars are usually get nominated. Small independent films are almost always overlooked. The five actors nominated each category are mostly big names and up and comers. I love the Oscars but let's get real, big names get the most nominations...white or black. Also, lay off the "you people." Why are you so angry? No need to be nasty. We are talking about movies. Breathe.
Couldn't agree with you more! You said it right sister!
"The race card" is just a pathetic attempt by the majority to ignore issues with race in this country.
I think what we need to ask is not why were no blacks nominated but rather why are there no strong, dramatic parts being written for black actors and in that same token why are studios afraid to cast black actors in strong parts that could be played by any race.
It was a tough year. A lot of good films out there. I am a black woman and I agree with most of the nominations this year with the exception of Mila Kunis not being nominated. However, having said that who would you take out of the best supporting actress catagory? I think people are too hard on the Academy when blacks give good performances they get nominated most of the time. I saw For Colored Girls and all the actresses were good but there were no real standouts and the movie sucked. Last year, we (Blacks) had a good year in film in 2009. We did not have a good year 2010. I am hoping 2011 is better for Black actors, for all actors for that matter. Our day will come again.
Really? You're making the Oscars about race? When does this end?
Hahaha. Thanks Poo Captain!
If it was really based on acting ability, then Anika Noni Rose should have been nominated for performance, no matter what the industry felt about the movie.
On the issue of race or diversity, while I do agree it's an issue with the Oscars, why are people only crying out for African-Americans? While they are indeed under represented at the Oscars and past Oscars, they are still better represented in the major categories than Hispanic or especially Asian-Americans. In past awards, Latinos got Benicio Del Toro and Penelope Cruz, but little else and when has an Actor or Actress of Asian descent ever won; you can count on one hand how many have ever been nominated. Ang Lee won Best Dirctor for Brokeback Mountain but not Best picture. And on that regard, the Oscars have yet to award any openly gay actors or actresses (which is kind of funny since it is widely perceived that the performing arts is a field where gay men and women thrive), most notably snubbing Sir Ian McKellan twice, while under the double standard that the portrayals of gay characters are roles the Oscars gobble up.
While I don't think we should insert a quota of diversity in nominations, which is a slippery slope, the Oscars should work to broaden their horizons.
On a different note, in my opinion, Nolan does NOT deserve a nomination, Social Network was awful, and Black Swan deserves a lot more nominations than it received.
big Al, nice try you racist loser. Your wife is fat just like you and you really need to grow up you racist pig. You are a disgrace to humanity.
Robert Duvall for Get Low.
I'm very surprised that a lot of actors/actresses didn't get the recognition that they deserve (most were listed in the article) but the one thing that I find maddening is the fact that people are pulling the "race card" , really people?? Maybe people need to do research and realize that many minorities have been nominated in the past, this year just ain't one of them.I know that sounds harsh BUT it's true. Maybe you should all know who makes up most of the voting committees to these award shows.
@proud2bblack. Some loser is getting his kicks impersonating me but the fact is I'm a white man married the a Mexican/Black woman who I love with all my heart. I hear an accent but see no color.
"I'm was so vexed at your loser comment"
"Your a joke really"
Properly done, your retorts should have said, "I was so vexed at your loser comment.". And "you're a joke, really". Please remember to include correct spelling and grammar. Have a nice day. 🙂
Your a joke really
I'm was so vexed at your loser comment
What I'm trying to figure out is why do the English make better movies and actors than Americans?
They don't. The self-hating Americans with inferiority complexes think they do. It's the same as all these American journalists making such a big deal about this royal wedding. None of this has anything to do with us,but hey,it's British! How about all the British actors faking American accents on TV? I wonder how many American actors are working on British TV faking British accents?
And, my dear West, see how ignorant you are....I never said you were "uneducated" meaning you have no education, but "under educated", meaning that you might not have the same educational opportunities as your peers. And, White people can live in the inner city and be under educated as well. Ever hear of the musical Avenue Q or see the movie Crash: Moral of the story: Everyone's a little bit racist! Even you, West. A more appropriate term for me would be prejudiced. I am prejudiced against ignorance. I don't like it and I don't have to. There are ignorant people of ALL races and creeds. So there 😛
The Academy is made up of everyone who's ever won an Oscar–not necessarily a diverse pool–accomplished film critics, and a handful of others.
She how one sided you and racist mind thinks. Just because I said I lived in the inner city you assumed I was uneducated. You are racist now go look in the mirror and say it 100 times and you will turn into ronald reagan.
Your are a racist face it.
No, it is your poor spelling and lack of proper grammatical constructions that lead one to conclude that you're uneducated. Note the correct usage of "your" and "you're" in the preceding sentence.
Well a lot of us here in Malta think the movie was made that way. Sorry to everyone for having a differing opinion.
Naaaah. I don't support David Duke or anything else the KKK backs up, as I am Jewish, thank you ;). I think, as you stated, you are just an under-educated inner city kid looking to lash out at someone for the sad hand that life has dealt you. I think that if someone deserved to be nominated, then they should be for their talent, not the color of their skin. Would you want a black or white doctor operating on you, who had been hired to fill a diversity quota rather than checking their credentials? I would feel safe in saying the answer would be no... There are a ton of lousy nominees this year and they are all white. Especially the Cohen nom. I don't think a remake of a wonderful John Wayne movie should qualify them for anything. Now, does that make me racist West, that I have spoken against my own people? Get back to me on that. 🙂
Bobcat Goldwaith should have been nominated for best director and best screenplay for 'World's greatest dad.' Hands down greatest movie in 30 years.
Your not mexican your a fake like ones who say they black their lying sac's
Your jac a and if shoes was on the other foot you would complain or shoot someone or vote for david duke
What's a tin foil hat?
And I meant purple people eater earlier. 🙂
And, as was also posted earlier, just because you are black, white or the purple eater does not mean you deserve an award just for the hell of it. That is why our country is going down the toilet. We have a habit of celebrating mediocrity and everyone cries foul if not everyone gets a trophy. NOT EVERYONE DESERVES A TROPHY!!!!!
Hollywood Whiteout...I think some people are missing the bigger picture. Instead of asking why a person of color was not nominated for an Oscar, we should be asking Hollywood where the roles are for people of color or scripts written by people of color. Truth be told, there were no amazing movie roles written and/or portrayed by people of color this past year. There are a plethora of “minority” writers, actors and directors in Hollywood; why are they and their work not being seen/heard/produced? No offense to Tyler Perry as there is room for everyone’s style of cinema, but not everyone wants to or should have to go through TP Studies to have a film created and then stamped with the TP brand. Either Hollywood needs to wake up (or be made to wake up) and realize that what they are producing is not a true reflection of modern day society, or people of color need to create their own studio (not 500 little divisive ones with no power) where they produce movies (and not just movies for us by us) that reach and include ALL people. Until people of color collectively do something to make a change in Hollywood, the status quo will continue. Our inaction is condoning this behavior.
When you talk about Hollywood, Oscars, movies and roles of minorities do not forget that whole business is controlled by one minority – Jews. As a result, majority of nominees and winners over years are Jews (of all colors and/or countries of origin).
You are one of the few people on here that gets the point. To all the idiot racists:No one is suggesting that Tyler Perry be given an award or that anybody should be given an award just for existing. The fact is that Hollywood could cast actors of color in mainstream roles without changing the stories the pictures are telling. Any good actress regardless of color could have played either one of those roles in "The Kids are Alright" for instance, but I'm sure no actresses of color were even considered. One idiot above suggested that because the Academy voters are white and male thay don't have to see pictures that appeal to women or anybody that isn't white. I beg to differ. Let's assume that most of the voters in the academy are American. That doesn't prevent them from seeing anything that stars or concerns British people and heaping accolades on it. We have no "kings" in America,so these ignorant theories don't hold up. Likewise,this "Swan" film. Most of the academy voters aren't young female ballerinas either. America is a diverse country with many cultures,but these people are stuck in the past.
Her role, which she chose on her own free will to play, was, indeed of a slave cook. Another period piece, west. My point in making that comment was in reference to an earlier post that suggested the "black" awards shows were birthed out of a lack of black nominees in the early years of the Academy Awards. Hattie McDaniel was in fact black and did indeed win in 1940. Quite an accomplishment. So, refrain from calling me a jack a and go wear your diaper and suck your thumb elsewhere. Slavery was and sadly is, a very real part of America's history. And if someone chooses of their own FREE WILL to represent that on the silver screen, then more power to them. 🙂
So do you think its going to happen or is everyone going to save lives
Hattie Mcdaniel 1940
And only 4 black to date no your not racist. She was a slave cook jac a.
We have the of black going to white instead of removing the tail bone or how ever they did it so grow up
Geez, this is getting to be like public school. If everyone doesn't get an award, it's whine whine whine! The point of awards is that we reward the best of the best. That means only some get nominated and one one wins in any category. And sometimes that means that sometimes there won't be many or any of one group – be that a gender or an ethnicity – simply because in that round, they weren't the best. That's LIFE. We have an entire two generations now that can't cope with the fact that we can't all excel at everything. Yikes. No wonder China is whooping our bums.
I believe that For Colored Girls was not a strong movie, however, there is no denying the phenomenal acting skills in this movie by Kimberly Elise and Anika Noni Rose! Their range was terrific and highlighted an otherwise mediocre movie.
They where here befor the white man was its about the eyes an its not 4000 where there the new white race. Cause the collor of the brain changed the people aficAn v
Um...if I remember correctly, Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in Gone With the Wind was nominated in 1939 or 1940 and won. So, please don't bring that liberal racist nonsense to this forum...
I have not read all your postings, and I feel that Anika Noni Rose should have been nominated, but to refer to the nomination of Hattie McDaniel, 71 years ago seems somwhat out of step to me. I think we should be looking for more actors of all diversity within the last several decades.
ok barbara, how about denzel washington (twice) mo'nique, halle berry, jamie foxx, cuba gooding jr, we could even say roberto benini (jewish italian)
racist nonsense!!! She was nominated as "Mammy" to a white spoiled chick and almost had her seat out the door of the oscars. You're stupid!!!!
White people crack me up. 30.000 white shows and three or maybe 4 black show on every medium of television and I'm white who lives in and urban inner city
Seems to me that no african american people were nominated because none of them were good this year in their roles. Why should someone's ethic background make it a must for a nomination. I also don't see any chinese or mexican actors nominated. If you are so hell-bent on an African American being nominated why don't you suggest to the academy that they have a 'Best Black' category. Ya, right! You are so narrow minded that you think people should be nominated because of the color of their skin?
boy r these people lost N1g is the term for having a tummer show up in you're lower leg uooooou *_
Sorry this comment isn't about racism, but speaking of being snubbed....Michael Douglas was fabulous in 'Solitary Man.' However, the movie was very early in the year, and a quiet, well-made film, so I guess that rules it out. Too bad.
There are too many nomInations in a a number of categories. The academy needs to narrow down choices to force some clarity. The great news is the enormous diversity from the golden globes. Maybe Mr. Gervais was right about the illustrious cabal that is the Hollywood foreign press
Why not have the black,Hispanic and every other race awards. For crying out loud, all the movies this year stunk up the place. I have not even debated the issue of seeing much less paying to see the first one. Hollyweird is on notice, start producing something/anything worthy of my hard earned money. Start making movies that are not race or gender coded, seems like that's all the attention these days.
Stop to remarks. Do you even know what you're talking about you're eyesig can change. There playiing the fryng chicken joke on me 7yxx. Do half of you know tecnolgy
no but i do know how to spell and i know what grammar is...
Colored Girls was a terrible movie. No one should be nominated because of their skin color.
Dear Mr. GC, Every race and culture could benifit by turning off the tv one night a week and focus on a college level communication skill or language art. You are a gentleman for suggesting it. God Bless
not being racist or anything but white folks are good at shooting people in the head
That's because they don't turn their guns sideways and use the sight when aiming.
why the F is The Town not nominated for anything nor Ben affleck for directing? Great movie and he did an awesome job directing.
Let's look at Best Picture. Black Swan is a boring horror/psychological "thriller", The Fighter didn't make an impact at all at the box office, Inception was not Nolan at his best and overall lazy, The Kids Are All Right is only there because of the social issue and the Academy is extremely liberal, The King's Speech may be a foreign film but it was funded by Americans so it's still an American movie (like how Inception is considered an American movie despite having a foreign director), 127 Hours has the quality of an indie film, The Social Network has a built-in audience, Toy Story 3 is Pixar milking the franchise, True Grit...a remake for best picture 2010 is really a sad year, Winter's Bone...where the heck did that come from?
The REAL problem is that there aren't any people of color as the Academy Awards Officers OR on the Board of Governors for 2010-2011.
all these talks about blacks being people of colors make me confused. You are black so you dont have any color. You are simply black!
Big Al, a black person can't possibly smell as bad as a white person after it rains 😀 Smell like wet dogs.
Yeah, wet dogs that black people are afraid of.
Daft punk was robbed, tron was the best soundtrack I've heard in a while...
Re the black snub: tyler perry is weak and always will be, halle berry's movie? No one heard of it, that's the minimum requirement. Maybe, just maybe there was no worthy perfs by blacks? Ever considered that?
I think everything being said is good and what not. But really? Who cares. I mean geesh... I wish "Space Jam" would have been nominated for best pic in the 90's, but it wasn't. Was the academy racist? No, don't think so. Space Jam is a great achievement in modern cinema. But Michael Jordan was good at basketball, bugs bunny, good at other things. So in no way do I feel offened by that. I'm not black or white or spanish or asian, or anything. All this talk and mess about this kind of stuff really is pointless. To think that this is what's so important in today's society...
Well said kv. It's about time that someone writes something intelligent.
Sick comment Miss Understood. There is tremendous talent in the Black community in film and television. I am white and I watch BET and TV1 as well as other "black" entertainment because they are ENTERTAINING. I haven't seen any of the movies nominated so I don't have an opinion about the awards shows. There are plenty of channels now so just click to something you want to see.
I think you could easily take out Tom Hooper for director and replace him with Christopher Nolan and nobody would care. I disagree with the assessment that the Coen Brothers should not be nominated. Their films are meticulously crafted and beautifully shot, sure, some of the credit goes to Roger Deakins (can we just give this guy and Oscar already?), but much of it also goes to the Coen Brothers.
As for the lack of nominees of minority race, I believe it's the responsibility of the Academy to nominate the best performances in the best films, regardless of race. The real complaint should not be with the Academy, but with the people who cast the films who marginalize minority actors at all turns. Why does Blue Valentine have to have a white cast? It doesn't, and the complaint should be that minority actors are not given the same opportunities that white actors are given, not that they are not nominate for the work they do that does not impress.
Exactly. Great post Bart.
Was Robert Downey Jr nominated for his role as a white guy playing a black man in tropic thunder?? He should have been. If so, is there anything anyone can complain about. Did any African American awards shows give him a nod?? Just curious...
Javier, penelope, denzel, halle, whoopi, monique, jaime foxx, cuba....if not mistaken none of these oscar winners are white and many other nominees and winners weren't white either. Hmmmm
I think its laughable that justin timberlake would even be mentioned for an oscar in your article. His performance in social network was horrible.
All this racism hoopla is not need. This writer was just stating an observation. But based upon performance, Halle Berry definitely deserved to be nominated. I agree that Frankie and Alice wasn't given a big enough release to garner Oscar buzz.
how can say you're not racist or anything, and then follow with a comment like that?
Not racist or anything, but if the blacks knew how to act, maybe they'd be interviewed more often.
You are very ignorant I can't believe u said that! Shameful!
For all the "race card" pullers. We are all One Race, the Human Race. I considered myself the best at what I do but no one or nothing is done to award me. So all in all' life is never easy. Lead, follow, or get out of the way!
KV – Well said sweetie.
As a white woman I see the racism all around me, just because we are white doesnt mean we dont see whats going on, But I will not give my vote or nominate anything that doesnt deserve to be just because the color of the actors, producers or directors. If you do good work you get accolades if not then you dont. Doesnt have anything to do with color.
See "Paul's" reply to "Bett" above, good answer!
And actually, I see about the same amount of "Pink" sprinkled in the NAACP awards as I do "brown" at the Oscars/Globes!
To everyone jumping on the "racist" bandwagon, please explain BET, NAACP image awards, Trumpet awards, not a lot of white folk invited....
If you Take the time to THINK about your post you will find that this is EXACTLY the reason that these awards shows are conducted! Just in case you still don't get it: THE ACADEMY AWARDS DOES NOT SUPPORT MINORITY ACTORS/PRODUCERS/WRITERS ETC SO MINORITIES CREATED AWARD SHOWS TO HONOR THEIR TALENT! DUH!!!!
as much as i empathize with all the people who are crying foul that no african americans are being nominated, i have to say, they're not the only minorities. actually, out of all the minorities, they probably get the most coverage, roles, etc than any of the others. if you're going to say something isn't fair or equal, then really call for fairness by including all minorites, and not just african americans.
My sentiments exactly(see previous post)!
As a black woman I see too much racism online and in the message boards, but I also see equally ignorant statements labeling racism when it's not deserved. I know a lot of my fellow caucasians will NEVER understand what racism truly feels like, but it also appears my black brothers and sisters FORGOT we're not the only minorities!!! I used to think as blacks we could not be racist, but isn't it racist when you NEVER even give a consideration to the rights of other miniorities??? If you know someone likes and prefers mostly blondes, you can't get mad when they only pick a brunetted every now and again.....it's not racist! A little prejudice maybe? Yes, but we all have our "prejudices" like wanting more black actors, more women directors, more gay films, Cher songs, etc.!!!!
The great white folks always so rational and I might add always right about everything. Those other shows would not come about if american whites where fair as their minds lead them to believe.
The great white folks always so rational and I might add always right about everything. Those other shows would not come about if american whites where fair.
If you think whites are unfair, then keep your own award shows and stop complaining.
I have to agree with Jason. Diane Warren's song is incredible and should have been nominated, but I also wonder why in the world BURLESQUE wasn't nominated ! For that matter, hardly any really great musical ever gets the nod. What's wrong with the nominating committee? Do they just not think that musicals or extremely talented Singers/Actors, (i.e., Cher, Christina Aguilerra, and even Julianne Hough) deserve any nods at all. I'm really confused about why they don't. Hollywood just seems to absolutely love really serious Period pieces. The awards ceremony itself is getting so boring that I don't think I'll be watching this year. It's way too predicitable.
Historically the Academy LOVED musicals!!! No really great ones have come out in a long time. Do remember that Chocago won. Most people who love musicals (myself included) were very disapointed with Burlesque.
Ha!! And by Chocago I meant Chicago 🙂
Okay, I'll take a stab. How about because Burlesque was both a critical and box office flop???
Burlesque was a sub-par movie, pure and simple. And since this is an award for a good movie, there's no wonder it wasn't nominated.
I do not understand all they hoopla over Annette Bening, I have watched many of her films and I find her very boring to watch and full of herself.
You must be kidding, right?
She's fabulous! But that's just my opinion. And just like everything else, we all have our own opinions, so it's OK that you don't like her. 🙂 We have some spirited discussions in our film club meetings re: actors, actresses, movies, etc.
I am very excited that Annette got another nod for her performance in the Kids Are All Right. I think, along with Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Nicole Kidman, she is one of the finest and most consistent actresses today. I hope this is finally her year to win after three other Oscar nods.
It is nice to read people say it is OK to have your own opinion because I am sure there are actors out there that you may not like that I do. Thank you for not bashing my opinion.
I agree with you. I think she is a great actress, but I have never been "wow-ed" by one of her performances. She is consistent, but I don't think she is consistently exceptional.
Well actually there is a colored person nominated and it is Javier Bardem, who is Spanish. Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans are all considered colored in America so there you go.
On Javier, you're not quite correct. Javier is Spanish therefore, he's considered white as he's from the continent of Europe.
Mark Wahlberg black listed himself after he admitted that he smoked pot, drove his car and his daughter in the passenger seat.
All of you complaining about no African Americans getting Oscar nods. Remember you have you own blacks only award show so stop complaining. You segregate yourselves when it is convenient to do so and complain when no blacks were Oscar worthy. Get over it already. Maybe we should make all awards shows for one race only so it can be fair? How stupid!!
I agree with you, but you're still IGNORANT!
Blacks got their own reward shows because they were not allowed into the Oscars, Golden Globes back in the day. Once they were acceppted, were they to turn their blacks on the ones that was willing to acknowledge and support them? Almost ALL miniority groups have their own awards for numerous situations....which also includes minorities like WOMEN, GAYS, VETERANS, ASIANS, AMERICAN INDIANS, HISPANICS, HANDICAPP/DISABLED, etc... Don't bash them for creating venues for people in their own culture/community! If they didn't, you would be saying "go get your own." But, to say no blacks being nominated this year is ignorant, and a little "prejudice" as well!
Hollywood is racist. They don't put minorities in films, so black's can't get nominated. Of all the best picture nominees how many non-white's are in the movies?
None in Winter's Bone, none in the Fighter, none in the King's Speech, none in True Grit, none in Toy Story, none in 127 Hours, none in Black Swan, none in Inception. There was a brief Indian guy in the Social Network and a brief black woman in The Kids are All Right. Hollywood chooses to tell all white stories 95% of the time, so of course minorities won't get nominated for awards. How can they?
I agree, Coloured Girls wasn't good enough. But it is so stupid that there are black films and white films...the world is diverse, Hollywood needs to start showing THAT.
I'm an American of Mexican decent and am outraged that no one from Machete was nominated. Oh wait, that movie sucked. See how stupid it sounds. Just because someone is a minority, doesn't mean they deserve anything. America is about earning your way.
@newnew very well said! The problem is not that they ddnt nominate African American films the problem starts at casting where black people are not given roles. There is nothing special about nicole Kidman in rabbit hole that any woman of colour could not have done if they had been given the opportunity. So I don't think the problem is so much with the academy but the industry as a whole. All those nominated movies could have had people of colour in some of those roles. We need to accept that racism exists and not be mad when pple identify it. Unless you have been discriminated against it's hard to sympathize. People talk about playing the race card I have to say it's not fun for anyone to feel discriminated so as much as it may look like it's just playing a card people are really hurting and unless u have been discriminated against you can never know how it feels.
Can you imagine a "Whites only" awards show? My Lord! It would be considered the most racist move and there would be outcry!! But....oh, wait...there is a "Black's only" awards show...hmmm....OK...got it, thanks for playing. What would Stewie say about that?
The disappointment I see is on this page – We have not overcome. We are still a racist America. We have a long way to go... BET was created and is still going strong today b/c mainstream white america did NOT reflect us at all. BET is watched by more white kids than black kids b/c white kids want to be hip – When rap music was considered 'bad', then whites made it 'good' when Kid Rock and Eminem came on board – Everyone white was so AFRAID of RAP and HIP HOP, until they stole it, and started making money off of it themselves... just like street and break dancing –
they started copying that too... and let's not even talk about the blues and rock and roll –
Copycats – Elvis included... Blacks are truly talented and white America stole/ steal everything and say that they created it all – and the saga continues – just sit back and watch. It started with us being slaves, and them stealing our women for pleasure – then, our recipes that are featured by HGTV with white faces...Baked MAC and Cheese is not new – It's soul food people... ESSENCE IMAGE AWARDS and BET HONORS are our answer to the OSCAR's and Globes –
Stop stealing from us, and give us our due – Give back. Give it ALLLL back...
You what's so funny my fellow Caucasian brethren thinks its ok to exclude people of color. Then don't think its racism really. That's how shorts sided we can be
As a black woman, I also think it's racist of you to assume racism, just because you did not see any blacks nominated!! What about the other minorities???? Are you upset because there are no Hispanics, Asians???? Are you mad because Mila Kunis didn't get nominated, she's Ukranian!?!?!
I loved the book and plays "For Colored Girls" but Tyler Perry did not deserve a nomination on his poor adaptation of such a classic! I've known about Frankie and Alice for a while, but still can't find it in theatres! Don't be mad if the Academy just didn't think Halle deserved it, the same can be said for Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore (two people most agree were snubbed). I hope you weren't expecting Bow Wow to win something from The Lottery Ticket?? I'm sure there are great black films that deserve all kinds of awards, but the same can be said for White films, Asian films, Hispanic films, American Indian films, Gay/Lesbian films, Independent films, Muslin films, Disabled/Handicapped related films, etc... Here's a word of adivce...stop expecting a majority white Academy to have the same likes/dislikes as you and maybe you can really see the real racism versuses prejudice/preferences (which WE ALL have). I would not want any reward just so they can say they gave it to a black person, it has to be earned, this was just not our year in movies!
If you want to be a "Champion" for equal rights, stop thinking in your own small minded way and see the big picture..you're the reason "real racism" gets ignored, too busy mislabeling and throwing the word around for frivolous reasons. Look up Racism and Prejudice in the dictionary and educate yourself, AND please stop speaking for me!
Thank you LV!!!!!!!
When my African American brethren include Caucasians in their award shows, get back to me. And don't tell me those shows were started because African Americans were excluded from Oscar races. Maybe back in the1920's and 1930's but I believe BET channel is not that old...
It isn't racist if there were no nomination-worthy performances. It would be more racist to simply nominate a black actor for the sake of having one because that would say that not all actors are equal and african-american actors should be cut some slack because they arent as talented. precious deserved all the awards it won but there was no precious this year. if there had been, it would have been nominated. do i agree with all the noms, no. but to call them racist is just pathetic. other aspects of hollywood and of society are racist but just because there wasnt an outstanding performance by a person of color doesnt make these noms racist.
I wholeheartedly agree! Thank you!! What about Asian? I don't see any Asians? Hispanics nominated much this year? I think the more pressing issue is....get more minorities into the business!! I think we can all say this is a primarily "white" business...and that's the real issue here. Sucks really.
I also agree. What- now we're to nominate minorities just to have some in the nomination list. Screw that. If they can't deliver anymore than Tyler Perry movies why talk about it. Deliver a measurable performance and get nominated is the rule. Obviously judging can miss things. Take For Colored Girls- who even went to see it but african ameircan women. I't is not a guy thing so why would a guy nominate it, it wasn't a caucasian thing so why would a caucasian nominate it, who even saw it?
Well the oscars will be just how white america like it lily white.
Yeah..let's all pander to the rest of the races and nationalities in the US. It's just an award show, people!! Get over it!!!!
There's always BET.
So there weren't any blacks or virtually anyone of the minority persuasion nominated for an oscar,except in foreign catagories,big freakin whoop,hollywood and the media will always embrace played out actors who keep getting big money to star in movies that are not only big bugeted,they make no money and don't have oscar worthy performances,keep up the good work!
You know who got snubbed?! CHER!!! Her song (well, ok, D Warren's song) is a fantastic siren song about continuing to live life even when all seems lost and finished. The Oscars had the opportunity to have Cher on its stage, maybe even to perform, and blew it!!!
I agreed with most of the nominations but don't understand all the fuss about Natalie Portman in "Black Swan". Granted, she is a great actress but her ballet was so mediocre (like watching the older students at a class recital) that she should have had points deducted for that. I don't care if she trained for a year, the movie was about ballet and she should have had an actual prima ballerina do her dancing for her. But, the category is "best actress" and she did a good job so I suppose that was why she received the nomination. But, shouldn't the award encompass all aspects of the performance? Just asking.
Also, I agree with Lorraine about the Coen brothers. Enough now.
Everybody's a critic....think you could do better?
Um, Natalie Portman gave one of the finest performance in YEARS. I was mesmerized by her performance. I thought her dancing was fantastic, and her acting was perfection.
I totally agree about Natalie portman's dancing, Her dancing looked like she had been training for a year, not most of her young life which would be required for the character she played. It detracted from her performance, I think she deserves the nomination bit I hope she doesn't get the win.
That movies was not about ballet. Did you pay attention to it? It's about a person who gets driven over the edge trying to play a part, the movie is heavily influenced by Heath Ledger from Batman, as in Heath didn't have the darkside to play the role of the Joker but the director pushed him to a darkside regardless. Heath Ledger pushed himself way too far and Nolan should have noticed this. If you know that Aronofsky was supposed to direct the Batman series and walked you could connected these dots much easier. Also, notice Portman's facepaint in the film and how her eyes are painted, the white then looks like the Batman mask.
You should also not complain about actors' ballet not being perfect, the same always goes for when actors play professional athletes.
Dear Ash – Shut up, you tinfoil hat wearing, paranoid conspiracy nut.
@ash. the heath ledger going into the "darkside" is just media propaganda. He was just a depressed person. if anything threw him over the rate it was his failed marriage and not seeing his kid. It had nothing to do with his role as the joker. Quit being dumb.
I don't wear any hats...why would someone wear a tinfoil one, of all things...I'd probably wear a baseball if I was to where any at . And I don't know what conspiracy theory you are talking about. I wish Aronofsky would have made Batman, at least there would have been a story.
Yeah, but the scene with Mila munching her was the greatest cinematic performance all year.
It wasn't just about the ballet. Yes, she trained strenuously for over a year and I imagine that does have some sort of an impact because it shows how seriously she took this role. Although if I had never heard of her, I would have thought she were a professional. I think it was the emotional complexity of her character. To watch her regress and transform from this composed, confident, young upcoming dancer (White Swan) to, basically, becoming mentally unstable was fascinating. Her performance sent shivers down my spine multiple times in the movie and I believed every bit of it. Her performance is, without a doubt, worth an Oscar and I will be rooting for her on Oscar night! Not saying the other actresses in the category didn't perform well. I just think Natalie was so memorable and really owned her role. While I thought Mila Kunis did a great job, I don't think it was really worthy of an Oscar, so I am not disappointed she was not nominated. Although Barbara Hershey was snubbed big time. She gave one of the best performances of her career in this movie, in my opinion. I really wish she could have at least been nominated. I strongly think that the SAGs are a pretty good reflection of how the Oscars will go...
Quit whining about there being no black people nominated. Just because Tyler Perry made that snore-fest "For Colored Girls", it doesn't mean anyone is obligated to nominate the movie or any of the actors/directors/writers/etc. JUST because they're black. As far as I remember, Affirmative Action doesn't apply to awards shows, so get off your racially over sensitive soap box.
I feel so sorry for you.affirmative ation how low,how ignorant.If you don't already have children I hope the world will never be polluted by your offspring.Your pathetic.
Matt, maybe they will leave al white men out next year! I bet you will relate then!!!!!!!
Where's Daft Punk for the Tron soundtrack?
seriously!!! that score was amazing – it should have received a nod. at least they recognized trent reznor/atticus rose for the social network, that gives me hope that the academy is opening up to the unique scores produced these days (dont get me wrong, all that were nominated were phenomenal, and if zimmer wins i will be happy)
Seriously by far the best soundtrack this year and also one of the best selling albums since the last oscars. Snubbed indeed.
What about "Waiting for Superman"?
I agree with St. Petersburg about the Cohen brothers. Just seems they always put them in the mix, even if it's deserving or not. But the biggest snub by far, has got to be THE TOWN! Are they kidding? By far one of the top 5 best movies of the year. Ben Affleck has shown that he's a great director and producer from this adaptation from the book, Prince of Thieves.
I agree with you,I saw the Town and thought it was one of the best films of 2010.I was shocked to see it snubbed.
I've been waiting for Frankie and Alice to come to the Ritz Theaters in Philly. I don't think this movie got a wide enough release to have garnered good Oscar buzz. I too am waiting for more directors of color to enter the mainstream of Hollywood. I wrote about it on my blog -http://www.tinseltine.com/2011/01/reelblack-short-film-showcase-recap.html
The reviews I read said it was a cliched and overdone and that Halle Berry gave virtually the same performance she gave in "Monsters Ball."
YAWNNNN! At this point in cinematic history, one should already know that Hollywood is a racist pit of Vomit that doesn't care about anyone but its own self obsessed vomit filled objectives. Not to mention its run by a group of psychopaths who play people like yourselves against one another while they destroy and take over te world. Tons of talented folks of color out there. They ain't about to get the play and recognition they deserve from these sick puppys. Never have, never will.
Everyone just talks, talks, talks...
So what if there is no "Color" in the actor categories...
You know why?
CAUSE NO ONE DESERVED IT!..
Everyone makes out the Academy to be this evil empire, but its not.
Ive seen all of these movies and agree with mostly all nominations, with the exception of Christopher Nolan for Directing...
There are only so many spots to fill in the categories, if they added 10 to them all, it would be to much.
The nominations are good,
take it or leave it...
Well said, and without offending anyone! Such a rare post!
The intelligent thing to do(if you are intelligent) is to watch some of the films that featured minorities this year and form an opinion based on their performance, than maybe your opinion that the performances of minorities this year was not up to part would be sensible.That's what's so pathetic about people in this day in age they form opinions and take sides without facts,without knowledge,and without researching.Please don't become one of the many idiots that make bold statements without facts.It would be ignorant of me to say that the performances of Brithish actors are overrated and underserving of award nominations every year if I don't take the time to see their nominated films.
Opinions are great,but people should form opinions based on facts and not solely on bias predjudices or just accepting the views of award associations whose votes are bought every year.
SHUT UP ANGEL E...The movie for Colored girs was great, and all of the performances deserved a nod.....
Of course some of you think that it's not important that people of color get passed over all of the time. Try turning those tables around and think how you would feel. If you really tried, you would really get where I am coming from.
shut up angel e, black people are just as good as you stupid white people who always try and take over! we deserve some credit also because for colored girls was great! 🙂 half of the actors in Hollywood cant even act.
Mark Wahlberg was overshadowed by the performances around him. He did a fantastic job as Micky Ward but he didn't quite hold his own with Melissa Leo or Christian Bale, especially Bale. I was surprised to see a nod to Jeff Bridges – he transformed hmself to play Rooster Cogburn (and with Katharine Hepburn gone, there will be no cheesy sequel, hear my prayer, O Lord) but he won last year and Oscar's not big on back to back (unless you're Pixar). I am disappointed that Julianne Moore wasn't nominated; having seen "The Kids Are Alright," I would have thought she was a mortal lock.
Wahlberg did a great job putting the movie together, and his acting was good....but it wasn't Oscar worthy. I agree that he should not have been nominated.
Hey Dog. Hey. Why wasnt Dave Chapelle nominated. He is the best young actor in Hollywood.
Your and idiot. Shutup
Halle Berry did a superb job in Frankie and Alice. Someone dropped the ball this year.
But Brad who has seen that movie. She may be good, and I am sure she is, but nobody saw the movie.
@KP, yeah, but who saw Biutiful? I doubt anyone has heard of that movie (especially it's entirely in spanish) but they still nominated Javier Bardem over much better performances.
easily replaced the coens with Nolan. They're effort in true grit was relatively mediocre. The academy doesn't need to nominate them just because they are the Coens.
OK...put Nolan on for Best Director but take "Inception" (with its seemingly endless scenes of mind-numbing exposition, pointless violence, and cardboard character emoting) off the Best Picture list–replace with "Blue Valentine," which is the best picture of the year.
I think "The King's Speech" was the best I've seen. The Best Actor category is a rough one, Firth deserves it, but I want Franco to win, he was really good and basically had to be a one man show.
agreed, the academy has its darlings – those that get nominated for almost anything they are in, the coens are in that category, think meryl streep, nicole kidman, kate winslett, even though they are great not every role they play deserves a nomination
James Franco's performance was incredible and at the same time so was Danny Boyle's directing...shocked Boyle was recognized at the Globes.......my favorite movie this year.....
James Franco's performance was incredible and at the same time so was Danny Boyle's directing...shocked Boyle was not recognized at the Globes.......my favorite movie this year.....
I haven't read all the past comments and I may be beating a dead horse, but I am surprised and slightly outraged that Cher and Diane Warren did not get a nod for Best Song. Burlesque has a much better soundtrack than Country Strong and Toy Story 3 combined, yet it was looked over. A Golden Globe is nice, but they deserve the Oscar too. 🙂