When Viola Davis accepted her Oscar Sunday night for ‘Best Supporting Actress’  for her role in fences, she actually made history!

Ms. Davis has become a part of what the industry calls the “triple crown club”. She has won an Emmy, a Tony, and an Oscar, making her the first black artist to do so.

Via NME:

By winning the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars for her performance in Fences, Viola Davis made history.

The actress added an Academy Award to her Emmy (which she won in 2015 for her performance in TV’s How To Get Away With Murder) and her two Tonys (for King Hedley II in 2001 and Fences in 2010) to complete the so-called “triple crown of acting”.

Davis is the first black woman to achieve this impressive accolade. Though Whoopi Goldberg has also won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony (as well as a Grammy – making her an ‘EGOT’ winner), neither her Emmy nor her Tony was won for acting.

Davis becomes the 23rd person ever to complete the ‘triple crown of acting’. Other stars to have achieved the accolade include Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Frances McDormand.

 

 

A shocking moment unfolded when ‘LaLa Land’ was declared Best Picture during last night’s Oscars, when in fact, ‘Moonlight’ was the actual winner. According to Actor Warren Beatty who was one of the presenters, they were given the wrong card.

The ongoing joke on social media is that the presenters, Warren and Faye Dunaway, “Steve Harveyed” the Best Picture presentation during the live event.

Watch the bizarre incident below!

The PWC issued a statement about the embarrassing blunder!

We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.

We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.

—PwC

As we knew he would, Chris Rock didn’t hold anything back during his much-anticipated monologue for the 88th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night. Amid the controversy with lack of diversity among Oscar nominees, Rock brought up issues in Hollywood regarding diversity or lack thereof, the Boycott of the Oscars, including his thoughts on Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, racism, and more while keeping his signature funny-but-reality kind of humor to his jokes. If you’ve missed it, check out the full 10-minute monologue below!


Chris Rock – Oscars 2016 Opening Monologue

Janet Hubert strikes again!

The last time we brought you the story of Ms. Hubert, we shared the infamous video message of her response to Jada Pinkett-Smith about the Oscar’s snub of black actors.
This time, the former actress from Fresh Prince of Belair GOES IN on Stacey Dash.

Social media went into a frenzy after Dash recently suggested on a Fox television program that there shouldn’t be a B.E.T network or a Black History Month!
Other celebrities weighed in on Dash’s controversial comments, namely Gabrielle Union.

However, it was the lovely Ms.Hubert who didn’t even bother to “keep it cute” with sugarcoatedness. She told the HuffPost interviewer exactly what she thought of Stacey Dash and her suggestions.

Check out Ms. Hubert’s interview with HuffPost Live below!

Saturday Night Live wouldn’t be where they are if they didn’t poke fun at controversy. In light of the #Oscarsowhite phenomena which stems from the Academy Awards lack of diversity among nominees, SNL did what they do best during last night’s show. Watch the hilarious clip below of the “Screen Guild Awards” as white actors are all chosen as winners for their minuscule roles while the black actors watch in disappointment.

 

Actress and Fox News cultural correspondent Stacey Dash set off a firestorm of criticism with comments about diversity in Hollywood in light of the Oscars snub of black actors. During a recent interview with Outnumbered, the “Clueless” star expressed “a double standard” among African-Americans.

We have to make up our minds,” Dash said. “Either we want segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”

There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know? We’re Americans. Period. That’s it.

 

watch the snippet below

 

 

B.E.T couldn’t let that go. They served some clapback so effortlessly.

While Ms. Dash certainly has a right to her own opinion, I find it troubling that an African-American woman doesn’t acknowledge the importance and necessity of programs, events, etc. established to highlight African-American culture. We need Black History Month, a B.E.T, and other programs that celebrate US and our history because many years ago, we were considered not worthy enough to be celebrated.

There has been some mixed reaction to Jada Pinkett-Smith’s message about her recent decision to boycott The forthcoming Academy Awards ceremony. Some folks were in total agreement with the star while others think her focus should be on more important situations regarding the black communities. One person didn’t hesitate to give The Smiths, particularly Jada, a piece of her mind and that’s Janet Hubert, who we all know as the ORIGINAL “Aunt Vivian” from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Ms. Hubert responded to Jada’s video message about the Oscar boycott with a video message of her own.

 

Girlfriend, there are a lot of shit going in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize. People are dying, our boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are starving, people are trying to pay bills — and you’re talking about some muh-fuckin’ actors uh…and…Oscars.

And … it just ain’t that deep.

And here’s the other thing. For you to ask other actors and other ‘blacktresses’ and black actors to jeopardize their career and their standing in a town you know damn well you don’t do that. And, here’s the other thing — they don’t care. They don’t care!

I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and has made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win? That’s not the way life works, baby. Okay? And it’s very suspect to me.”

 

 

To the Smiths!

Posted by Janet Hubert on Monday, January 18, 2016

Jada made some valid points, but Ms. Hubert’s response is definitely something  to consider.

What do you guys think of this?

It looks like Jada Pinkett-Smith isn’t alone in the boycotting of The Academy Awards. Legendary filmmaker, Spike Lee, has also joined in to “take a stand” against the lack of diversity among The Oscars’ nominations. Spike took to Instagram to post a lengthy statement as a caption under a historic picture of Martin Luther King Jr., explaining his decision to boycott with Jada.

#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let’s Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?! WTF!! It’s No Coincidence I’m Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday. Dr. King Said “There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It’s Right”. For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The “Real” Battle Is. It’s In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To “Turnaround” Or Scrap Heap. This Is What’s Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With “The Green Light” Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, “I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS”. People, The Truth Is We Ain’t In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont’d)

A photo posted by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on

Despite the successful films put out in 2015 and 2016 featuring actors of color, it’s disappointing to find out there are NO people of color nominated for an Oscar this year. While I wish I could say I’m surprised…I’m really not.

We KNEW Will Smith would be nominated for Concussion

We KNEW Michael B.Jordon would be nominated for Creed

We KNEW Idris Elba would be nominated for Beasts Of No Nation

We KNEW Straight Outta Compton would be nominated for best picture

Those are just a few of the actors with their undeniable talent, completely overlooked by the academy.

Social media went into a frenzy with the hashtag #OscarSoWhite soon after nominations were announced.

As a self-proclaimed film fanatic and a fan of many of these hard-working actors…I am frustrated. I can only imagine how the actors themselves feel about this obvious snub of all snubs!

I think it’s safe to say that actress and wife of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, is also frustrated. She is one of many actors who has openly expressed how she feels about the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees.

At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized…

Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Saturday, January 16, 2016

 

According to Variety, some may conclude that the nominations reflect institutional bias against minorities and women within the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, but the problem is with Hollywood’s major studios and agencies. There were 305 films eligible this year. If hiring reflected the U.S. population, Oscar voters would have weighed 150-plus films directed by women, 45 directed by blacks, 50 by Hispanics, and dozens of movies by directors who are Asian-American, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities and members of other minorities. Of course, the actual tallies were a fraction of those numbers.

Gil Robertson, president of the African-American Film Critics Association, told Variety that he was “shocked but not entirely surprised” over the lack of diversity in nominations Thursday.
“I think there’s an ongoing disconnect with the Academy members,” he said. “We have to re-double our efforts to convince them that diversity is important and that they should be open to the stories of other people.”

What do you guys think?

Will you boycott The Oscars and not watch?