A Change gonna come

With the backlash surrounding the 2nd straight year where no non-caucasian actors have been nominated in the acting categories at the Academy Awards, I was reading an article and was struck to post.

Actor Idris Elba spoke on the floor of Parliament today regarding the lack of diversity that has become endemic in Oscars selection.

According to MSNBC, he delivered a 32 minute speech to British Parliament on diversity in media. “I’m here to talk about diversity,” started Elba. “Diversity in the modern world is more than just skin color—It’s gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, social background, and – most important of all, as far as I’m concerned – diversity of thought. Because if you have genuine diversity of thought among people making TV & film, then you won’t accidentally shut out any of the groups I just mentioned.”

 

In other news, the second ever transgender person received a nomination when they were announced late last week.  The first ever, Angela Morley, was previously nominated for creating the score for the film versions of Cinderella and The Slipper and the Rose…so, that’s progress…

Now, if only actors with developmental disabilities got nominated for more roles…

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