How Can the Oscars Actually Fix Their Diversity Problem? – Vanity Fair
The primary story about this yearâ€™s Oscars has had nothing to do with the nominations themselves. In the two weeks since nominations were announced, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, a series of protests and open letters from celebrities, and an ongoing debate about Hollywoodâ€™s diversity problem has dominated the conversation and spurred the Academy to make sweeping changes to its membership. On this weekâ€™s Little Gold Men, we dive into the ongoing debate and the Academyâ€™s rule changes, and include insight from John Legend, Spike Lee, and Don Cheadleâ€”all three of them Academy membersâ€”who were interviewed by Vanity Fairâ€™s executive West Coast editor Krista Smith at the Sundance Film Festival. As Legend said, â€œThis is not a new thing, that the Academy is not very diverse, but itâ€™s becoming even more glaring. And I think what the Academy has decided to do is a good thing, to try and recruit a more diverse base of creative people to make up the Academy, so that the votes reflect more of the diversity of the creative community and the community at large.â€
And speaking of Sundance . . . Richard Lawson calls in from Utah to give us the rundown on the festivalâ€™s biggest hit, The Birth of a Nation, which, with its director Nate Parker and true story of a slave rebellion, fits right into Hollywoodâ€™s ongoing efforts to include more stories told by people of color. But itâ€™s not all smash successes, as Richard reminds us of his experience after seeing the Daniel Radcliffe farting-corpse movie Swiss Army Man.: â€œI texted someone after that movie, and said, â€˜I donâ€™t think I like movies anymore.â€™â€
Finally, we go big before we go home and do our best to predict the very, very wide-open best-director race.
1:38â€“24:46: #OscarsSoWhite and how to fix it
25:39â€“40:54: Sundance 2016
41:46â€“43:33: Predicting best director