While Awards Project Diversity, Most Winners Remain White Men

The 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday night, where the vast majority of the awards went to white men, despite years of activism demanding increased racial and gender diversity in Hollywood. The awards show came on the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which rocked Hollywood after dozens of actresses came forward to accuse Hollywood’s most powerful producer, Harvey Weinstein, of rape, sexual assault and harassment that stretched back decades. For more, we speak with April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and senior director of marketing for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. And we speak with Soraya Chemaly, a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics. She is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project.

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AMY GOODMAN: Mary J. Blige, singing “Mighty River” Sunday night at the Oscars, from the film Mudbound. Mary J. Blige made history last night by becoming the first person to be nominated for best original song and for best supporting actress. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, the 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday night, where the majority of the awards went to white men, despite years of activism demanding increased racial and gender diversity in Hollywood. The awards show came on the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which rocked Hollywood, and after dozens of actresses came forward to accuse Hollywood’s most powerful producer, Harvey Weinstein, of rape, sexual assault and harassment that stretched back decades. While the #MeToo movement has shaken Hollywood in recent months, women just won six Oscars this year, compared to 33 for men.

AMY GOODMAN: Some notable winners on Sunday included Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who took home the night’s two biggest prizes — best picture and best director — for his film The Shape of Water. Jordan Peele became the first…

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