Oscars beyond entertainment: issues, debates, discussions

Other than the glitz and glamour, this year’s Academy Awards raised a number of issues

GN Bureau | February 29, 2016


#climate change   #sexual abuse   #Di Caprio   #racism  
oscar.go.com
oscar.go.com

More than the debate on who would take the Oscars home, it was a Twitter hashtag – ‘OscarsSoWhite’ – that acted as a prologue to the Academy Awards. The hashtag came as an insult to the awards ceremony which was heavily criticised on social media for lacking racial diversity in its acting category nominations, second year in a row. The nominees, 20 of them, were all ‘white’. While some celebrities like actress Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee chose to boycott the event, others like actor Chris Rock hosted the awards ceremony after much deliberation.

Rock came out with some hard-hitting jokes in his opening comments: “Man! I counted at least 15 black people on that montage. Hey! Well, I’m here at the Academy awards – otherwise known as the white people’s choice awards. You realise if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. Y’all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.” 

In the midst of all the laughs and claps, US vice president Joe Biden turned the crowd’s attention to raise awareness about sexual assault. He discussed about the government’s campaign, ‘It’s On Us’, before introducing singer Lady Gaga who performed her song, ‘Til it Happens to You’, highlighting the pain of young women who are victims of sexual abuse. “Let’s change the culture so that no abused woman or man ever feels they have to ask themselves ‘What did I do?’ They did nothing wrong,” Biden said.

Finally after six nominations, actor Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for ‘best actor’ for his role in The Revenant. Thanking everyone for the award, DiCaprio addressed the consequences of climate change – “And lastly I just want to say this: Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man's relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
 

Comments

 

Other News

Terrorising the terrorists

One year has passed since the Modi regime applied shock therapy to improve the functioning of the Indian economy through demonetisation on November 8, 2016. Thus, legal tender to rupee notes worth 1,000 and 500 denominations was withdrawn and 86 percent of the currency went out of circulation. It was claim

J&K to get additional electricity during winters

In a bid to meet the increase in electricity demand of Jammu & Kashmir during the winters, the centre has decided to allocate an additional 792 Megawatts to the state. The allocation of power to J&K from central generating stations (CGS) is 2,397 MW. The supply would be given by powe

IOCL, IDCO ink pact to set up plastic park at Paradip

Minister for petroleum and natural gas, skill development & entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan has lauded the state run Indian Oil Corporation and IDCO (Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha) for signing a pact to establish a plastic park at Paradip in Odisha. Pradhan was speakin

RBI mulls whether to shift loan pricing system to external benchmark

An efficient monetary transmission is a sine qua non for the successful pursuit of its objectives by any central bank. Over the past two decades, it has been the endeavour of the Reserve Bank of India to strengthen the monetary transmission process, but these efforts have yet not yielded the desired result

Govt okays deputation of group A officers to TCIL

 The cabinet has approved the proposal for deputation of group A officers of department of telecommunications (DoT) and other ministries with telecommunication and information technology background to Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL). TCIL, a Miniratna PSU, is a premier telec

Indians want more military force in Kashmir: Pew

When it comes to dealing with the disputed border regions of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian public favours an aggressive stance, said the Pew Research Center, a US based think-tank. A 63% majority believes the government should be using more military force. Few say India should use less force



Video

Gujrat election – 70 candidates in BJP’s first list

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter