Rev Al Sharpton Outraged Over All-White Oscar Nominees, Announces Task Force & Meeting

January 16, 2015  |  


Moviegoers aren’t the only ones upset by the blatant Oscar snub of the critically acclaimed film Selma. The Rev. Al Sharpton was so outraged at the overall lack of Black contenders for Academy Awards this year he has called an emergency meeting with a film industry task force.

Sharpton called the meeting to discuss the “appalling” all-white list of nominees for this year’s Oscar awards. He will be holding the “emergency meeting” next week, reports Business Insider.

“The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets,” Sharpton said in a statement.

His National Action Network has created a task force on the movie industry to deal with diversity. And Sharpton has an inside contact. Following the Sony email hacking scandal that received what many presumed as racist emails from Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, she contacted Sharpton to help calm the situation.

“The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that ‘Selma’ was nominated for ‘Best Picture,’ it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations. With all of the talent in ‘Selma’ and other Black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history,” he said.

The all-white nominees list has happened only one other time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Zainab

    I want to know who made him the spokesperson for black person

  • blogdiz

    This is why people dont like Al Sharpton

  • Guestest

    He’s gonna make people not take him seriously pulling stunts like this..

    • Hope Floats

      Too late lol

  • applesauce585

    Poor misguided delusional Rev Al Sharpton; a task force for Hollyweird. The black community have more important social ills and issues to focus on and the Oscars damn sure aint one of them…smh.

  • _a_

    IDC about the Oscars.

    • Indy Syder

      I do. The music and the boredom put me to sleep.

  • MimiB

    Task force? Really?
    Ummmmm…. This isn’t new, it’s why minority’s created their own award shows & other forms of recognition… Because the mainstream won’t
    So you’re gonna force people to acknowledge you? Everything in life isn’t, nor does it have to be equal
    This was a good laugh tho

  • Guest

    Outraged?!? Over the oscar nominations?!?! He’s runned out of ambulance to chase, so gotta find something else.

    • Hope Floats

      *ran honey

      • Guest

        Thank you teacher, may I have another.

        • Hope Floats

          No dear, that is all 🙂

  • guest

    When are Black folks going to learn that you can’t change ANYBODY. White folks, no matter how ‘liberal’ they seem, will always see themselves as better, superior, worthy of all accolades, and any acknowledgement given to US is just for show … just to be politically correct … just to assuage any guilt they most likely DON’T really feel anyway.
    I wish Black folks would get on about the business of building OURSELVES up. From education to finances to acknowledgement of our own achievements. And speaking of acknowledging our own achievements, how about we raise our standards a bit, too. Tired of watching award shows that depict the most debased personas and behaviors. Class it up some.

    • Guest

      You’re preaching to the quire here. Most people on this site are well aware of every point you’ve made. But the people that have more access to some power and money to do this, keep dropping the ball.

      • stopcryingyoulefties

        It is spelled *choir – With that said, give it up. The movie(Selma) was terrible, and didn’t deserve any kind of award. Considering how popular “12 years a sl..” and “Django Unchained” were and with many awards to validate that, in the previous two years, this whole point is invalid. You can’t expect them to just hand out awards to black people just because they are black. listen to yourselves. You claim affirmative action isn’t real yet you are claiming that people who don’t deserve awards should get some just because they are black. The movie was bad. The performances were terrible and the movie didn’t deserve anything.

        Also, it is good to know that the censorship is strong on this website.

        • Guest

          Oh wow! How long have you been dying to give this speech?!?

          I’m very impressed with your spell check, as well as the fact that, you managed to write a whole paragragh of pure bullsh**& about affirmative action, hand outs, Django, and 12 years… which had absolutely NOTHING to do with my original comment.

          Did you, Mr. cryingrightwhitey think my comment had anything to do with your kinfolks?!?!? Can’t say that I’m surprised if you did though, ’cause you white trolls LIVE for the chance to crawl around this site where the “censorship is strong” looking for validation.

          Just one word of advice, while I “give up” on this imaginary fight for the Selma movie, why don’t you give up on trolling blogs that want absolutely nothing to do you.

          The Renaissance does not censor people like you–you should have a ball there.

  • MsSincerity

    He called an EMERGENCY meeting? THE F__K? Seriously?

  • BNYC

    I have a solution: how about black folks create their own acting awards show? Depending on others to represent us is a constant disappointment. How about we save the heartache?

  • Nikki B

    Ugh shut up! There are far more things we should be worrying about besides awards and the gratification of people. And for the record, Al Sharpton is not the spokesperson for all African Americans. I wish he would sit down and shut up!