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With the Academy Awards in just a few days, one might think that the nominees would be the center of everyone’s attention. On a normal Oscar year, you would be correct. However, this year the Academy itself has been pulled front and center, and they’re not looking too good under such harsh lighting. It was recently released that the Academy voters are a bunch of old white dudes. While this isn’t overly shocking (I mean, Kings Speech won Best Picture last year), the statistics are:
- 77% of voters are Male
- 94% of voters are White
- The median voting age is 62
- Only 2% of voters are Black
If you think about it, it’s kind of like The Help. Where the old white people sit around deciding if everyone else gets
a private bathroom an Oscar. LA Weekly points out that Latinos, who make up almost 50% of the Los Angeles population, account for less than 2% of voters. No wonder the Oscars are always so boring and monotonous. Maybe if we turned the Oscar planning committee over to Bennington, there’d be a little more diversity, not to mention entertainment. Except, well, the Academy was just quoted as saying they absolutely hate the idea of something entertaining happening:
“Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the red carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show.”
To be fair, this quote is from an official at Paramount about why Sacha Baron Cohen, star of upcoming Paramount film The Dictator, may not be allowed at the Oscars this year. Apparently Sacha was pondering the idea of showing up in full dictator regalia and making a huge scene on the red carpet. Personally, I find this hysterical and the best way to make sure that people are watching the Oscars. It would definitely be more effective than getting narcissistic bong water drinker James Franco to host the show. Did the people who wrote last year’s “witty banter” honestly think that talking about the interwebs and the YouTubes is enough to keep the awards show relevant? At least if Sacha shows up in a full-on Saddam suit you can argue you have more diversity on the show, even if he’s simply pretending to be Middle Eastern. You know, instead of inviting the oldest white man you know to host… *cough*BillyCrystal is actually 100*cough*. But alas, this is the Academy we’re dealing with; since when did the men’s bridge club at your local nursing home ever want anything to do with things like “entertainment” or “being relevant” or “Latinos”? So this Sunday, just sit back, relax, and enjoy all the pasty white wrinkle bags being wheeled down the red carpet. Here’s hoping for a more colorful show in 2013. Happy Black History Month, everybody.