“Till” director Chinonye Chukwu didn’t mince words when responding to the Oscars’ failure to nominate films by and starring black women on Tuesday.
“We live in a world and work in industries that are so aggressively committed to defending whiteness and perpetuating shameless misogyny towards black women,” she wrote on Instagram in the caption of a photo of her. her with civil rights icon Myrlie Evers-Williams.
One of the biggest themes to emerge from Tuesday’s Oscar nominations was the glaring omission of films by and featuring black women, including the widely expected snub of ‘Till’ star Danielle Deadwyler. to be nominated for Best Actress for her performance as civilian rights activist Mamie Till-Mobley. Additionally, the widely acclaimed historical epic “The Woman King,” directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, received no nominations in any category – even in the technical or craft categories – despite its impressive scale and scope. Those snubs include Prince-Bythewood, star and producer Viola Davis, and all of the black female cast members of the film.
Overall, no black actors were nominated for lead roles. Of the 20 acting nominees, Angela Bassett was the only black woman nominated, for her supporting role in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ – 30 years after receiving her first (and so far, only) Oscar nomination as Tina Turner in “What’s Love I Have To Do With This.
The Oscars have had an abysmal track record of forgetting black stories in general and not nominating black women in particular. Davis and Bassett are among a handful of black women to have previously received Oscar nominations for lead roles. And in the 95-year history of the Oscars, only one black woman has won the Best Actress Oscar: Halle Berry for the 2001 film “Monster’s Ball.”
Behind the camera, no black woman has ever been nominated for Best Director. This embarrassing streak continued on Tuesday, as no women were nominated for directing.
Chukwu previously directed the acclaimed indie drama “Clemency,” starring Alfre Woodard. After winning the Grand Jury Prize when it premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, it was also overlooked by many awards bodies at the end of that year.
In her article, she spoke about how many black women and other artists from underrepresented communities have often had to create their own opportunities in spaces where they have historically been excluded.
“I am eternally grateful for the greatest lesson of my life – no matter the challenges or obstacles, I will always have the power to cultivate my own joy, and it is this joy that will continue to be one of my greatest forms of resistance,” she wrote.
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