Hey Academy, fuck you.

Chadwick Boseman does not need an Academy Award, or Oscar, to validate his talent. Neither does his family nor his community. His fans know he was simply the best. But, my goddesses, he fucking earned it for his portrayal of Leeve in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Why is the Academy afraid to celebrate black excellence in the leading actors categories? Would it be bad if no white actors won?

Per usual, the 2021 Oscars did the bare minimum in celebrating diverse talent. Yes, there were historic wins. But, those have been far and few in between. They always do this. The Academy will make small, yet “historic” gestures.

It’s been proven over and over again that diverse films work. Not only do they make money, but they also get critical acclaim. However, the Academy refuses to see this.

Look…I am crying about this because I love cinema. And, I recently got the representation I wanted to see. When the Academy does not reward those films, I feel that cinema doesn’t love me back (it’s an abusive relationship).

Recently, the Academy, along with major movie studios, stated they supported the Black Lives Matter Movement. But, the support is purely symbolic because “wokeness” and “being progressive” is trendy. Due to fears of being cancelled, the Academy pretends to be “pro-diversity.” In reality, they are simply enforcing privilege. I am not discrediting the historic wins of that night. Instead, I am simply challenging the Academy to do more.

Chadwick deserved to win for many reasons. And, Anthony Hopkins, a great actor with a shit ton of praise and awards, paid tribute to his late colleague.

In my heart, Chadwick is an Academy Award Winner.

Chadwick as Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (image from New York Times)

Published by Nikita Srivastava

a passionate feminist and social justice warrior who occasionally calls herself a goddess. She received her JD in 2019 and became licensed to practice law in 2020.

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