The Oscars’ New Diversity Requirements Are a Joke

It‘ll take a lot more than this to stop them from being so White.

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Parasite’s Kim family: Choi Woo-shik, Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin, and Park So-dam (Photo: CJ Entertainment/Neon)

As much as I’d love to see Viola Davis tackle Queen Elizabeth I, a diverse cast won’t always enhance storytelling Hamilton-style. Not every historical saga is begging for the diversity treatment.

Viola Davis is … Queen Elizabeth I?

A smaller pool of contenders

Just because voters watch films with predominantly minority casts doesn’t mean they will nominate the actors in them. A couple of years ago, Spike Lee’s Best Picture nominee BlacKkKlansman scored just one acting nod, best supporting actor for Adam Driver, who is White.

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