White Oscar Contenders Attacked for Daring to Compete with Diverse Actors, Films

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By Heat Street Staff | 7:20 pm, December 15, 2016

A year ago, the Oscars came under sustained criticism for ignoring films revolving around people of color such as Straight Outta Compton and Creed. 

The resulting  #OscarsSoWhite movement advocating for more diversity led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to promise to double its number of female and minority members by 2020.

This year there is a more diverse slate of movies in the running for Academy Awards, including Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, and Barry Jenkins’ African-American coming of age drama Moonlight.

But a growing movement on social media is expressing fury at the ethnic composition of other films in the running for awards. Namely, they’re too white.

La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s musical romance about love in LA starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is a prime offender in social justice warrior eyes and is being unfavorably compared to Moonlight.

Many are also saying on Twitter that they’ll despair if Moonlight is beaten by Kenneth Lonergan’s Boston-set drama Manchester-by-the-Sea starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams:

Another Oscar contender Silence, Martin Scorsese’s 17th-century Christian epic starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, isn’t out  until the end of the month but it’s already getting flak for what else…being so white:

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