It might not be all that simple. We broke down the last two decades of winners for you.
Best Actor Since 1995
2006 Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scottland)
2004 Jaime Foxx (Ray)
2001 Denzel Washington (Training Day)
Best Actress since 1995
2001 Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball)
Best Supporting Actor since 1995
2004 – Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby)
1996 – Cuba Gooding Jr (Jerry Maguire
2/20 = 10%
Best Supporting Actress since 1995
2013 – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
2011 – Octavia Spencer (The Help)
2009 – Mo’Nique (Precious)
2006 – Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)
Total wins since 1995? 12.5%
Black population – Approx 13%
Maybe we should just hand out Oscar participation trophies to make all the whiners happy.
The Importance of Demographics Isn’t Important
That the demographics of black Oscar winners almost perfectly mirror the demographics of blacks in the United States isn’t the point at all. It just shows how hollow the #OscarsSoWhite complaints are.
The real point we should be making is that most industries and awards aren’t demographically representative of populations. It isn’t because Cambodians are racist that they own most of the donut shops in California. They aren’t keeping other races out. It’s just how these things happen.
Likewise, it’s not because blacks are racist that so few whites make it to the NBA. White people aren’t statistically represented in the NCAA, NBA, Olympics, or awards in basketball. Gavin McInnes makes this point when he spoofs Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscars critique.
Michael Bay Tackles Benghazi
One movie that won’t be getting an oscar next year is 13 Hours, a Michael Bay movie about the true story of what happened when our leaders decided to play politics with the lives of soldiers, State Department personnel, and a US ambassador.
Sam breaks down the timeline of events and compares them with what we know about Obama and Hillary’s schedule. And it’s not pretty.
We’ve Got Everything – Modest Mouse
Sad Sad City – Ghostland Observatory
Painted by Numbers – The Sounds
I’m Burnin For You – Blue Oyster Cult
Stuck in the Middle with You – Stealers Wheel
Train in Vain – The Clash
Island in the Sun – Weezer
Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters