The headline of "Whitest Oscars Since 1998" really struck me. In comparison to other years such as last year, many Oscar nominated films had highly diverse casts such as 12 Years A Slave and Captain Phillips. Since that class discussion I have realized that is it not only African Americans that are deprived of their Oscar nominations, it is also other diverse actors as well such as Asian American actors.
After conducting further research on the web, I quickly found out on Wikipedia the International Movie Database website that there has been no Asian American actress ever to win an Oscar award for Best Actress. The only Asian American actress ever to be nominated for Best Actress was Merle Oberon in 1935. It has been eighty years since an Asian American actress has been nominated for the category of Best Actress. Take this into comparison to the twelve consecutive years that a white actress has won in the Best Actress category at the Oscars.
Because I am an Asian-American and an actress myself, this is quite concerning. Hopefully, one day I aspire to maybe win an Oscar for my work in film. But after seeing the trend of mainly white Oscar nominees, will this even be possible? Coming from a minority Asian-American background I remember when I was a child I wondered, "Why weren't there people on the screen that looked like me?" Is this due to writers who only write supporting roles for diverse characters? Or is this due to the white supremacy society we live in today?