[Video: Eddie Murphy presenting at the 60th Academy Awards]
27 years before #OscarsSoWhite, Eddie Murphy spoke about how black actors aren’t receiving enough credit in award shows. He also predicted that the next black actor would win in 2004 with his “The way it is going, it’s about one every 20 years, we aren’t due one ’til 2004”. Evidently, Halle Berry won with Monster’s Ball in 2002.
Nearly 30 years ago, actors of color were saying the exact same thing they are now, that Hollywood doesn’t allow much room for diversity and growth. There aren’t enough roles and they don’t even come close to representing their main American audience. As Viola Davis said in her acceptance speech at the 2015 Emmy’s: “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are not there.”
After the second year in a row with a #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy included a newer, younger and more diverse members, but the average Oscar voter is still a 63 year old white man. Which doesn’t help when they claim to not see color.
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