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Old January 22nd, 2015, 12:25 PM   #21
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Al Sharpton only eats hamburgers because they remind him of his backside.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 01:26 PM   #22

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Originally Posted by Domhnall Balloch View Post
Al Sharpton only eats hamburgers because they remind him of his backside.
This is unnecessary commentary. Back on track please.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 03:23 AM   #23
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Prizes for all!

On the BBC programme "Newsnight" a few days ago some silly American woman, introduced as a "film critic", was interviewed on this subject. Apart from race she opined that the recent film "The Theory of Everything" about Stephen Hawking was flawed as the lead part was played by the perfectly healthy Eddie Redmayne instead of a disabled actor. (A disabled actor was then interviewed on the subject).
The silly cow went on to say that the film industry must change "after all, no one would think of casting a white actor in the role of "Othello" today and who would dream of casting Ben Kingsley* as Gandhi instead of an Indian actor", she said.
Which just goes to show.

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji
That's ridiculous. Stephen Hawkings had an illness which developed gradually, didn't he? Plus it was was supposed to show his earlier life. What a daft woman.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 07:30 AM   #24

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so are half the nominations for everything (actually 51%) women? How about the requisite % of Asians? The only racist issue is Sharpton himself, who uses the claim as a sledge hammer to gain money donations and concessions that are undeserved. It's not like the film industry is unprejudiced -- the dissing of "American Sniper" shows that and the very films that are made show that, but their usual targets is the conservative or business or anti Government. Requiring a set % annual "nominees" of any specified group eliminates the purported intent of selection based on quality.
How about insisting that one out of every 50 nominations be for a native of a specified state?
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Old January 25th, 2015, 04:51 PM   #25

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I do not think there is racial prejudice in Oscar. But to be honest, American movie industry is syrupy, watery and politically correct. And hence, there may be few roles in it for African-American women.

Take the same Queen Latifah, in my mind, a brilliant, multi-faceted actress. All her roles after Chicago were in some stupid, unrealistic movies. Because no one will make a realistic movie about African-American inner-city neighborhood. So she takes what is offered.

So there are probably fewer AA actresses/actors. Yesterday I saw two movies, one had two AA actors, the other one, one, but it white or black, would make no difference.

American movies do not reflect life.
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