Clearly, the effort is being made to “diversify” the Optics in terms of the visual presentation of the 88th edition of the awards show.
Whereas I understand the Academy is trying to soften the show edges as they relate to the debate surrounding the Oscars; this is not anything I can support. I mean, why not have all-Black seat-fillers? Or have a rainbow coalition of Oscar escorts to and from the podium? I mean, since it’s only about the optics and not the actual awards…
This probably will not turn out well. There likely will be plenty “statements” made by Presenters, but it will do nothing to address the core complaints. The best statements are to be made off-air, by Academy membership in changing its normative voting values. But hey, the Academy will have to figure it out on their own. This year’s program is produced by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin; Hudlin is African-American.
As a refresher, below are my thoughts about the Academy Awards before assumptions are made.
Mo’Kelly on The Oscars Controversy
The presenters, Including several Oscar winners, include Patricia Arquette, Abraham Attah, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Common, Russell Crowe, Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Louis Gossett, Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Rachel McAdams, Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Silverman, and Sofia Vergara.
“Through their work, these artists have shown us the unique, transformative power of cinema,” said Hill and Hudlin. “We are delighted they will be joining us on the Oscars stage this year.”
They join the previously-announced presenters and performers, including Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Benicio del Toro, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Hart, Quincy Jones, Lady Gaga, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron, Jacob Tremblay, Kerry Washington, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, and Reese Witherspoon.