Not one to bite his tongue, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah gave his opinion on the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards. The nominations came under fire for the exclusion of women in the Best Director category, and the exclusion of actors of color. With the exception of Cynthia Erivo–who was nominated for her role as Harriet Tubman in Harriet—all of this year’s acting nominees are white.
Noah honed in on the fact that the sole Black Oscar contender in the acting category was nominated for playing a slave, a common occurrence in the Academy’s controversial history with Black actors and actresses.
“I’m glad that at least one Black woman was nominated for Best Actress,” Noah said. “Congratulations to Cynthia Erivo, that’s exciting. Although, it is kind of predictable that it was for playing a slave. And I’m not saying she didn’t deserve it, but just imagine if every white actor that was nominated got it for playing a supervisor at Whole Foods. White people, you’re more than just that!”
The Academy has a well-documented history of nominating and awarding Black actors and actresses for limited roles, such as slaves, maids and drug addicts. Lupita Nyong’o, who was snubbed for her dual performance as Adelaide Wilson/Red in the Jordan Peele film Us, won Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for her role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave. Other examples of Black actors and actresses garnering Oscar attention for the roles aforementioned include Octavia Spencer for The Help, Denzel Washington for Glory and Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind.
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