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Black actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are Oscar frontrunners on Sunday, but the reality is that non-whites remain hugely under-represented at the Academy Awards, a new study says.

Halle Berry and Denzel Washington were famously lauded as having made a breakthrough for winning best actress and actor Oscars in 2002, but while there has been some progress in the decade since, it remains too little.

Also that year Will Smith was nominated for best actor, and Sidney Poitier received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, said the study, “Not Quite a Breakthrough: The Oscars and Actors of Color.”

It cited Berry as saying in an emotional acceptance speech a decade ago: “This moment is for… every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.”

But the study asked: “Did 2002 truly herald a new era for actors of color? … Our study discovered some progress for actors of color, but we also found considerable continuing racial/ethnic disparity.”

Yet blacks dominate the sport of basketball.  Articles of this nature are meant to stir the imaginary racial cauldron in order to create animus and envy.  The quote at the end of the article say it all:

 Frank Pierson, a former academy president who won an Oscar for original screenplay for “Dog Day Afternoon” in 1976, said membership should be based primarily on merit.

“I don’t see any reason why the Academy should represent the entire American population. That’s what the People’s Choice Awards are for,” said Pierson, who is still on the board of governors.

“We represent the professional filmmakers, and if that doesn’t reflect the general population, so be it.”

Perhaps Jesse Jackson should stick his rotten nose into this racial disparity and see if he shake down Hollywood for some cold cash.

via And the Oscar winner is … white (mostly).

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