For only the second time in nearly two decades, every Academy Award nomination for acting went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses. According to the Hollywood Reporter, among the notable snubs was David Oyelowo, who received praise for his turn as the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.” Many people also feel that director Ava DuVernay deserved a Best Director nod and Carmen Ejogo also should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Coretta Scott King.
Said the Rev. Al Sharpton, “The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling, and while it is good that ‘Selma’ was nominated for Best Picture, it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations.”
Sharpton says he has called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with a task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards.
Speaking of “Selma,” the film will become the latest in a line of Oscar contenders, such as last year’s ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and 2012’s “Lincoln” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” to be shown in the White House. According to Variety, cast and crew from the film were expected to attend.
A White House screening can add a certain prestige to a movie, perhaps even elevating its attention in the eyes of the Academy voters, but the decision rests with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on whether to publicly reveal their film choices.
Rosie O’Donnell denied that Rosie Perez is leaving “The View,” which has become a sinking ship with low ratings this season. “No matter what you read anywhere, Rosie Perez is also coming back after she is done rehearsing her play,” the comedienne said Jan. 15, regarding Perez’s role in Larry David’s Broadway production “Fish in the Dark.”
Speculation began Jan. 14, when Variety first reported that Perez was exiting the show after only four months on the job. However, a show rep said, “Rosie Perez is currently in rehearsal for her Broadway play. Her status with the show has not changed.”
Tongues are wagging that Snoop Dogg is officially a grandfather now. The rap king’s eldest son, Corde Broadus, and Jessica Kyzer welcomed their child into the world, a baby boy named Zion.
The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s 18th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, “Where Wall Street, Main Street and Silicon Valley Emerge,” took place in New York City Jan. 13 through Jan. 15. Some of the highlights included releasing research on the challenge minority- and women-owned business enterprise investment firms face; a keynote address by Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the “Access to Capital Luncheon”; and panel discussions on the “Business of Hip-Hop: Examining Next Steps” and “Sports After the Cheering Stops: The Next Generation of Athlete Dealmakers.”