Steve McQueen‘s slavery-themed film 12 Years a Slave won the top honor at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Actor Will Smith, who was awarded a Razzie on Saturday for worst actor in a flop (After Earth), presented the Best Picture Oscar Award to 12 Years a Slave.
Director McQueen said: “Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live… I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.”
It was another “end of white guilt” moment for the Oscar Academy who have conditioned audiences to believe that black actors are only at their best when they portray slaves or humble domestic help.
Not much has changed since Hattie McDaniel won the coveted Oscar Award for her role as Mammy in 1939′s ‘Gone With the Wind’. As an institution The Academy Awards remains the most white-washed, sterilized private club in Hollywood. And like most private clubs, we still get in by invitation-only — and only if we portray Mammies or rape victims or runaway slaves in films (yes, even in 2013).
The inglorious 85th Academy Awards began with a racist sock puppet and ended with the shocking taunting of a 9-year-old.
From Press Release:
Last night, a slew of Atlanta tastemakers descended upon the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema to catch a sneak preview of the upcoming film DJANGO UNCHAINED, which stars Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” personality Stevie J and WE tv “Braxton Family Values” star Trina Braxton hosted the screening, which was attended by Kandi Burruss (RHOA) and her boyfriend Todd Tucker, Egypt Sherrod (HGTV personality), Joseline Hernandez (“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”), Roger Bobb (Bobbcat Films), Chaka Zulu (DTP Records), Towanda Braxton (WE tv/”Braxton Family Values”), WNBA stars Swin Cash and Chamique Holdsclaw, Dr. Heavenly Kimes dentist/entrepreneur), Fonzworth Bentley, actress Faune Watkins, V103′s Ryan Cameron, Art Terrell and Cynthia Young from KISS 104, 11 Alive’s Karyn Greer, Funky Dineva, Michelle Brown (StraightfromtheA blog) and many more.
DJANGO UNCHAINED opens in theaters on Christmas Day.