I’m an Oscar junkie. I’ve seen every film that has won the Oscar for Best Picture as well as most of the Best Actor and Actress winners. In recent years we’ve seen a slight uptick in the number of black actors who have been nominated for their performances, but the recognition of Asian and Latino actors still lags behind. Also, filmmakers of color still languish outside of mainstream visibility. In my opinion, there’s only one color Hollywood cares about and that color is GREEN. Money drives Hollywood’s decision making process, and the ability to guarantee a solid return will overcome any latent or overt racism among Hollywood decision makers. People of color make up about 40% of the US population, but that is not reflected in our mainstream cinema. We can complain about being treated unfairly or we can choose to support quality films that feature people of color in significant roles in front of and behind the camera. You can start now by adding the following films to your Netflix queue, and check out the blog in coming months to read about upcoming film releases that need your support. If you know of an upcoming film that you’d like me to check out, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to look into it.
Add these to your Netflix Queue: