Diversity is more apparent than ever before at this weekend's Academy Awards. NBC's Mike Taibbi reports
...which brings us to what some are saying is a turning point this year in Hollywood,where Sunday night is Oscar night and a lot will be different this year but is it here to stay? Our report/ tonight from NBC's Mike Taibbi---
From the moment actress Salma Hayek announced the nominees last month,it was clear this would be the most diverse group in Oscar's 8-decade history."Leave or I'll kill you." Best picture entry Babel set the tone: two Mexican film makers working on four continents in five languages with two A-List stars merely players on the brought down some more cash.And in a world's ritual this hornored
so few non-white actors,just 11 in the past 40 years.This year 8 of the twenty top acting nominees are people of color,led by Forest Whitaker,Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson who were seen by many as favourites."This year's standing up because there are five African-Americans nominated for acting which has never happened before."As the world has changed,the world __ film has changed along with it.But it's not a direct correlation. Their critics who say film makers still have some catching-up to do.""Just hold on and suck in"Hattie McDaniel as mammy in Gone With The Wind.And Sidney Poitier in 1963 Lilies of the Field went break through Oscars.But almost all of the african american acting winners and nominees over the years have played roles stereotyped for black performers, an athlete, a musician, an african dictator.Film studies professor Dr.Todd Boyd says let's wait until a few years go by in which actors of background are honored for any roles."Until it becomes an inter world proud of Hollywood and the way they do business,I think it's still important to be somewhat causes."Which doesn't mean that millions worldwide won't enjoy goggling at the stars when the spectacle live it all, for is what it was and always will be show business.
Mike Taibbi,NBC news,NewYork