Earlier this week I read reports that members of the Academy had flat out refused to watch Jordan Peele’s Oscar nominated directorial debut, Get Out. The fact that Peele’s film earned nominations in four categories still wasn’t enough for the old, crusty Academy members to give his film 90 minutes. Apparently, being nominated isn’t actually good enough for the people of the Academy. Apparently you must create an “Academy movie.” What the hell does that mean exactly? If a nominated movie isn’t an Academy movie, what is it? (scratches head)
Whoever the nameless, faceless people of the Academy are who refused to watch Jordan’s film you’ve underscored why countless people still believe the #Oscarsaresowhite and also this hashtag #Oscarstoowhite. It amazing how life changes, movies change, but the Hollywood guard desires to stay the same. Movies are reflective of our society. Movies are not stagnant—they are living just like the people who make them.
Anyway, I salute all of the nominees and especially every black person who is up for an Oscar tonight. I know it wasn’t easy. I know the odds were against you, but you prevailed anyway. We are behind you and we support you. Now for the list of the Black Oscar Nominees and Winners…
2018 Black Oscar Nominees and Winners
(1) Best Picture: Get Out
(2) Lead Actor: Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
(3) Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.
(4) Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
(5) Octavia Spencer “The Shape of Water”
(6) Director: Get Out – Jordan Peele
(7) Animated Short: Dear Basketball – Kobe Bryant – WINNER
(8) Adapted Screenplay: Mudbound – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
(9) Original Screenplay: Get Out – Jordan Peele – WINNER
(10) Cinematography: Mudbound – Rachel Morrison (Rachel is not a person of color, but the director is so, she gets the black vote and she also was the DP for Black Panther. )
(11) Best Documentary Feature: Strong Island – Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes
(12) Best Live Action Short Film: Watu Wote/ All of Us – Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen
(13) Original Song: Mighty River from Mudbound – Mary J. Blige
(14) Stand Up for Something from Marshall – Diane Warren and Common
Jordan Peele’s win was history making. He’s the first black writer to win for original screenplay EVER! And, he’s just one of four black writers to be nominated in the Academy’s 90 year history.
We think its impressive to have black people and their work represented in 14 different categories. Way to go! We celebrate the talented creatives in our community who continue to push, claw and fight their way to the top.