This morning, Academy Award‚Äďwinner Mo’Nique helped announce the 2011 Oscar nominations. Everyone was nominated as expected: Black Swan, The King‚Äôs Speech, and The Social Network received nods for Best Picture; Natalie Portman, Annette Benning, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo received nods for acting. And the Academy still isn’t showing any love to Leonardo DiCaprio. You would think DiCaprio is half-Black, half-Asian with the way the Academy shuns him!
Shockingly, not one single African-American was nominated in one of the acting categories. Not since the 2001 Academy Awards have there been no African-Americans nominated in any of the acting categories. Sure, one might argue, “There weren’t enough Black films that came out this year!” But what’s beyond the surface is the challenge for dramatic Black films to get the green light in Hollywood.
The Oscars will air February 27, 2011, with James Franco and Anne Hathaway as the hosts. Click here for the complete list of nominees.