Saturday, November 12, 2011

2011 Films, Oscar Predictions & Acclaimed Minority Performances

There's still a good deal of the 2011 film season in store, but in assessing the chatter, the predictions, and the buzz, it looks like this year's Oscar season in the acting categories will be generally "minority-free."

Unless a foreign film pics up surprise buzz, it doesn't look like we'll have any Hispanic or Asian acting nominees in the field this year.

Instead the only non-white nominees in the field are Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for their performances in The Help.

Otherwise, it's all European-descent field. It'll likely be a mix of homegrown American, English, and even French performances (Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo).

2 out of 20 would be more than last year's awards for 2010 films (1 minority nominee, Javier Bardem), while the 2009 film awards had 4 minority nominees (Morgan Freeman, Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'nique, and Penelope Cruz).

Not sure what it means, but probably speaks mostly to the films themselves that create strong critically praised films for minorities. We'll see what really happens, but this is how it's shaping up here mid-November.


Peter T Chattaway said...

Are Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz really "minority" actors? I think it would be more accurate to say that they are "foreign" -- and indeed, in their native Spain (which is where Biutiful, the Bardem-nominating film you allude to, is set), they would be solidly in the "majority", no?

And of course, both of those actors are not only of "European-descent" -- they are European, period! And no less so than Colin Firth and Christian Bale, who won Oscars for 2010 films, or Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for a 2009 film.

RC said...

@ Peter - thank you for your comment.

Writing this post, I found myself struggling through parts of the concept. I think what I was going for in reality, was non-White actors & actresses.

I think the ultimate point is that there is a limited number of Hispanic, Black, Asian, or Middle-Eastern actors and actresses in this years film landscape.