Changing studio system reduces minorities' Oscar hopes

Changing studio system reduces minorities' Oscar hopes

November 21-Variety
By Tatiana Siegel
 
When Denzel Washington and Halle Berry made history by winning 2001's top two acting honors for their respective turns in "Training Day" and "Monster's Ball," it appeared the floodgates had opened for racial minorities at the Oscars.
The following year, only two minority thesps, Salma Hayek ("Frida") and Queen Latifah ("Chicago"), were nominated, with neither winning. Still, every subsequent Academy Awards featured at least one minority actor or actress in the Oscar hunt, with several notable winners including Jamie Foxx for "Ray" and Forest Whitaker for "The Last King of Scotland."
 
Then came this past Oscar ceremony, which delivered not a single Acad acting nominee of color.
 
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