Despite the Academy’s unanimous vote four years ago,
to double the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
For a fourth year in a row no female director has received a nomination in the category of Best Director.
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Cynthia Riva was the only non-white actor to receive a nomination for best performance for Harriet.
Others such as Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers, Lupita Nyongo in Us,and Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name were excluded.
The reason behind this set back.
The percentages are still like overwhelmingly white and male.
I think its like 64% male and 84% white.
Cynthia Fuchs is associate director of Film and Video Studies at George Mason University.She says the Academy is making strides but not fast enough.
It’s a long time issue in Hollywood,a money-making machine reluctant to invest in films about minorities and women.
But Fuchs points to box office successes like Black Panther and Get Out,
featuring an extensive black cast and Bong Joon-hos South Korean film Parasite which received six Oscar nominations this year.
Most people around the world actually think it is the best version.
Fuchs says nominees are often Hollywood insiders who can afford extensive advertising campaigns,
such as filmmaker Martin Scorsese nominated for the Irish Man,
and Quentin Tarantino for his Hollywood nostalgia Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Many of its insiders have gained momentum from the buzz generated by receiving coveted awards before the Oscars,
such as the BAFTAs, SAG Awards, Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.
Money-making films such as Todd Phillips billion-dollar box office hit, Joker,will be more on peoples radar than a small independent film says Fuchs.
And while the Academy is slowly warming up to minorities and women,
it may be too little too late as younger generations are tuning out leading to lackluster Oscars ratings,
says Richard Craig media expert at George Mason University.
I think theyre just going in the different avenues.
I think the academies are going to ship.
Maybe well see more streaming in regards to categories or somethings, actually,
but I dont know yet.
Cynthia Fuchs agrees more and more streaming companies are producing and showcasing diverse smaller films,
allowing their subscribers for a relatively small monthly fee access to film work from all over the world,
and all that from the comfort of ones couch or anywhere really, using mobile technology.
People watch movies in a variety of ways now.
And people who make movies watch movies in a variety of ways now.
Not everybody goes to the theater. So Netflix is aware of that. Amazon Prime is aware of that.
Amazon Prime is aware of that. Hulu is aware of that.Disney is aware of that. Everybody is aware of that.
Fuchs says as more and more movies are being produced outside the Hollywood system.Hollywoods traditional role as the epicenter of the film industry could be waning,
and so could the Oscars, if they dont reform soon enough.
Penelope Poulou VOA news Washington.