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Slaves, nannies, and maids: Oscars value women of colour – in subservient roles

For non-white actors, an award nomination seems to depend on whether the role is deserving of white pity – making recent diversity moves look pathetic
For Oscar voters, what makes a great performance has disturbingly narrow criteria for non-white performers. The observation that people of colour are only ever recognised for playing slaves and criminals, that their stories are only ever seen as important when they deal with tragedy and suffering, does not strictly belong to the unenlightened past. This week’s Oscar nominations prove that such judgments are planted firmly in the present. Related: Oscars 2020: shallow Joker squats on top of patchy and infuriating nominations | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...


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