HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – In an apparent response to the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations for two years in a row now, a group of famous celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Tyler Perry and Spike Lee is partnering with Black Entertainment Television (BET) to establish the Boscars, the Black Oscars. The Boscars will award and recognize outstanding achievement in film among Blacks.
Not to be outdone, Asians in Hollywood led by director Ang Lee, actors Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu, and scriptwriter Ronnie Del Carmen are also forming their own “Academy of Motion Pictures.” They plan to establish their own Oscars which they are calling Ascars.
Of course, Latinos won’t allow themselves to be left behind. They are in discussions with Univision and Telemundo to hold an annual film awards for Latinos. They’re calling it Lascars.
The Internet activist group responsible for the hashtag #Oscarssowhite, has thrown its unconditional support for the triple move by the film celebrities of color.
Meanwhile, Native Americans in film are also in the process of establishing their own Oscars. Unfortunately, the move is on hold until they come up with an appropriate name for their awards. They can’t use NASCAR because that name is patented by the Daytona-based stock car racing organization.
Is this the beginning of the end for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Oscars as we know it?