I thought about the studio films which had a solid cast of Black actors in them this past year:
1. Selma - Loved it.
2. Addicted - Just watched it the other day and couldn't finish. The menZ were pretty though.
3. No Good Deed - Never finished it. Probably won't even though I LURVES Taraji.
4. Repentance - Will watch this week.
5. A Haunted House 2 - *BLINK*
6. The Single Moms Club - No plans to watch.
7. Get On Up - Really enjoyed it.
8. The Equalizer - (On the fence about including this one since Denzel was the only Black person.) Enjoyed it...wasn't Mr. Washington's best but not his fault.
9. About Last Night - TRULY enjoyed it!
10. Think Like a Man Too - TRULY enjoyed it!
11. Belle - LOVED it...knew it wouldn't attract many though.
12. Ride Along - I love Kevin Hart so yeah...TRULY enjoyed it!
13. Annie - Didn't watch it and kinda feel really bad that I didn't so I'll rent it soon.
14. Top Five - BEST.MOVIE.EVER!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED THIS MOVIE SO MUCH AND TOLD EVERYONE I KNEW TO GO SEE IT! LOVED IT!
15. Beyond the Lights - TRULY enjoyed it.
16. Dear White People - #StillMad
I got annoyed last night and a friend asked me if I truly felt that "Selma" should have won best picture.
Me: Have you ever seen "Malcolm X" or "The Color Purple?"
Me: Did you see "Selma?"
Friend: Well, I don't support Spike Lee because I think he's a racist and I'd never even heard of "The Color Purple" before I met you because I know that's one of your favorite movies.
Me: And "Selma?"
Friend: I meant to go over the holidays but the time just got away from me and with kids it seems I only get to go see kid movies anyway.
Me: Fair enough....have you ever seen a Woody Allen film?
Friend: Of course.
My response was pretty much the following:
Well you'll understand that I understand that "Selma" meant something completely different to me than it did for you. Emotionally there was a connect that many don't have and not just with White people. I know a LOT of 20 and 30something Black people who didn't see it and well...I can't say it was something a teenager would choose to go see if their parents or school didn't take them...so I get that nothing is required viewing. But "Malcolm X" is one of the most amazing films of our time. You should get over your thoughts on Spike Lee and watch it one day same as I got over my distaste of the man Woody Allen is because I understand watching his movies is like an alternative film class with a perspective I'd never have. Living in his world would be a fantasy for me and the closest I'll ever get to it is by watching his movies and watching how it is to exist without many of the worries most of us have. Being able to do and say exactly as you wish at all times is something afforded to the few.
The conversation continued and, this morning, I've had similar conversations with friends, Black and White. And one Asian woman.
My thoughts on the Oscars get me angry far before nominations. It's way back up in the deep...when producers think about what's next on their agenda. What kind of movie do they want to make next. Who is going to be the next star? Who will they touch and change their life. It goes back to how I felt here:
Black Filmmaking: The Elephants in the Room...
The recent success of television shows with Black people in them have finally given me hope that the money rolling in will make Hollywood HAVE to factor in diversity in such a way that there will be room for more than one at a time. You know how it goes...in Black Hollywood there can't be more than one it someone in a certain position at a time. We get one it television show runner, one it director, one it actor, one it comedian. LOL! One at a time please! No pushing! No shoving! Form ONE line! WE'RE GOING TO USE THIS ACTOR IS 14 MOVIES this year because we only allow one at a time! Yall know the drill! Slow your roll!
So yeah...I'm hoping it gets better but you'll understand if I'm cynical as fuck about it cuz yeah...