The Oscar weekend is finally upon us and if all the backlash the academy has received in the past month is anything to go by – this will be one award show for the books.
Since announcing the nominees for the most coveted award in Hollywood this past January, the Oscars have been heavily criticized for their lack of diversity when choosing said nominees. This year, not one person of colour as well as no movie of colour such as ‘Straight Outta Compton’ was nominated.
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite soon started making the rounds on twitter with big names such as Jada Pinkett-Smith – who called for a full on boycott of the award show, Will Smith, Mindy Kaling, Rebel Wilson among many others shared their thoughts on twitter about the lack of diversity in Hollywood as a whole.
One person who will not be boycotting the show though is Hollywood actor, Leonardo DiCaprio. It is no secret that DiCaprio has been on the losing side every single time he was nominated at the Oscars. This year may prove to be his big break finally with his last film, The Revenant earning several accolades including the Best Actor award at the recently concluded BAFTA awards here in Britain.
The whole world is routing for the hollywood icon with events being held here in London, Madrid and New Zealand on the day after the Oscars to celebrate the award, should he win on Sunday night. The London based event can be found on Facebook under the name – ‘If Leonardo DiCaprio wins the Oscar, everyone meet in Leicester Square’.
Another key part of the long awaited show will be Chris Rock’s performance as host for the second time running. With all the boycotts being planned, it looks like the comedian may lose his key audience within the show i.e. people of colour. The NY times reported that the academy is hopeful that with Chris Rock as host, they are likely to retain the ratings they expected and hopefully a lot more. We shall see come Sunday how he will use the platform to bring the diversity issue to light to the academy.
Words: Diana Odero