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Exclusive: The Problem With This Year’s Academy Award Nominations, Film Critic Breaks It Down



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Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and directors, Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams took the stage at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards.

Every year, the Golden Globes sets the precedent for award season, so it is no surprise that some of the Golden Globe front runners, like Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything and Boyhood were also recognized by the Academy. However, there seemed to be something completely missing from this year’s Oscar nominations, the lack of diversity.

Selma was nominated for Best Picture and the film’s track, “Glory,” was recognized for Best Original Song, but what about director, Ava DuVernay? Or the film’s star, David Oyelowo for Actor in a Leading Role?

HipHollywood talked exclusively with film critic, Shawn Edwards who explained his concern with this year’s nominations. “It’s a total lack of respect for any type of cinema outside of mainstream,” Edwards said. “Great cinema is great cinema. Important cinema is important cinema. No female director? Ava or Angelina Jolie for Unbroken?”

He continued, “The lack of diversity is shameful. They have to figure out a way to become more inclusive. The best picture list does not represent the viewing taste of America at all.”

Edwards went on record to say that Boyhood, which was heavily nominated, “was a big gimmick. I respect the technique but it’s not going to stand the test of time, like Selma. 

The Oscars are set to air live on Sunday, February 22nd at 4 p.m. on ABC.

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