#OscarsSoWhite Creator April Reign Says Academy Still Has Work To Do

OscarsSoWhite 2017 If you’re a regular peruser of social media, it’s possible you’ve seen the #OscarsSoWhite trend pop up during the past few Academy Award seasons. It’s meant to call attention to the lack of diversity that has plagued the highest-esteemed film award program around and now, thanks to the inclusion of more black films and actors, many outlets feel that the campaign can now come to an end- not so, says its creator April Reign.

“One year does not make up for over 80 years of under-representation of all genders, sexual orientations, races, abilities and First Nation status,” Reign, managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, told The LA Times. “#OscarsSoWhite is about the inclusion of all marginalized communities, both in front of and behind the camera, throughout the entertainment industry.”

She points out that although the Academy has recognized more black talent, there’s still a long way to go in terms of diversifying the ceremony. “Everyone is saying the Oscars are more diverse this year,” she said. “No they’re not. They’re blacker, but where are the Latinx movies, the LGBTQIA movies? The Asian American/Pacific Islander community has had a worse year. We can’t forget [them] just because we have black nominees this year. #OscarsSoWhite is about everybody.”

As far as what will really signal the end of her #OscarsSoWhite movement, Reign says it’ll be when we don’t have to actively think about diversity.“I think we know when inclusion is commonplace,” Reign said. “We know when the studios are all actively seeking the stories of the marginalized, and that’s not happening yet. Theatergoers will know when they have a myriad of choices, not just around award season, but all year long from which to choose.

Reign also tweeted her thoughts on this year’s nominations:

Let it be known- #OscarsSoWhite is still alive and kicking because there’s still more work to be done.