The Oscar nominations will be announced early tomorrow morning. How early? At 5:22am Pacific Time. I'll be up. For me, the day the Oscar nominations come out is like the football game that determines which two teams will be headed to the Super Bowl. This year, I'm so anxious and excited to see if Black History and Women In Film History will be made when the nominations are revealed. If Octavia Spencer makes the list of nominees for Best Supporting Actress, she will make Black History for women in Hollywood. This nomination could come for her excellence in the perfectly-timed Resistance sci-fi drama, THE SHAPE OF WATER from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. Ms. Spencer plays the black cleaning woman in a secret U.S. government facility of the early 1960s who, along with a vocally disabled Latina and a gay middle-aged man, helps gets an abused human-like sea creature from a foreign country to safety.
Jordan Peele. Let's see if gets a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination and one for Best Director with his critical and box office hit, GET OUT.
Let's see how Jordan Peele makes out tomorrow. And director/writer Greta Gerwig. And WONDER WOMAN director Patty Jenkins. The Oscars will be handed out on March 4th.
I know I've written about the gap in the number of Oscar nominations between white actresses and black and other minority actresses -- but entertainment reporters on TV and in print should think about it. Today, Viola Davis is the most Oscar-nominated black actress in Hollywood history. She has 3 nominations. She's behind the white actresses I mentioned in this post -- Kidman, Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams and relative newcomer Jennifer Lawrence.
Rita Moreno, Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
Miyoshi Umeki, Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for SAYONARA (1957)
Halle Berry, Best Actress Oscar winner for MONSTER'S BALL (2001)
Taraji P. Henson
All those women have one Oscar nomination each in their credits. Just about all of them turned to TV for steady work because Hollywood did not have a lot of good film script opportunities for them. This is why we need to keep the fires burning under the diversity and inclusion issues.
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