Well this interesting. The Academy Awards is working overdrive to bring some diversity to this year’s #OscarsSoWhite ceremony nabbing Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Hart to present. Get the deets on the black presenters and performers they have nabbed inside…
Ever since the Oscar nominations were announced, talk about diversity in Hollywood has been the hot topic of discussion everywhere. YBF Celebs are boycotting, others have publicly said they’re not boycotting, and everyone has an opinion about people of color being seemingly snubbed by the Academy Award.
Now, in the midst of all the controversy, the Academy is (not so) subtly making strides in trying to make this year’s #OscarsSoWhite more diverse.
Remember when we told you the Oscars were scrambling to enlist a few prominent black presenters to pass out awards? Well, it looks like they’ve accomplished their goal.
According to THR, “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Ride Along 2 star Kevin Hart will be among the presenters who will be handing out Oscars at the 88th Academy Awards. As for the performances, they’ve tapped Pharrell Williams and The Weeknd (whose song "Earned It" was nominated for Best Original Song) to rock out on stage during the ceremony on February 28th.
Also, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs recently pledged to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
Interesting. So we have to ask, is now throwing in a few black presenters and performers enough? Or is it a slap in the face?