Sudahkah Anda mendengar tentang kontroversi nominasi Oscar tahun ini? Kabarnya banyak yang kecewa karena nominasi The Academy Awards ini terlalu didominasi oleh aktor dan aktris kulit putih. Diskriminasi sepertinya kembali terjadi dan memancing banyak hujatan pada Piala Penghargaan Oscar Tahun ini.

Seperti Jada Pinkett Smith yang menyatakan boikot pada penghargaan terbesar bagi insan perfilman ini. “Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?” ucap Jada pada video yang diunggahnya di akun Facebook pribadinya. 

“Maybe it's time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power,” lanjut istri dari aktor Will Smith ini.

Tak hanya Jada Smith, sutradara senior Spike Lee juga mengungkapkan kekecewaannya dan menyatakan tak akan menghadiri penghargaan yang akan diselenggarakan bulan Februari nanti. “#OscarsSoWhite... Again. I would like to thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences for awarding me an Honorary Oscar this past November. I am most appreciative. However my wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee and I will not be attending The Oscar Ceremony this coming February,” ungkapnya melalui Twitter pribadinya. 

“We cannot support it and mean no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, how is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? And let's not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can't Act?! WTF!!” lanjut Lee dengan marah.

Ini adalah kali kedua secara berurutan  Oscar mengalami masalah serupa. Tahun lalu, protes ini juga banyak diserukan karena dinilai terlalu didominasi oleh kulit putih. Hal ini pun lantas kini kembali menuai protes netizen. “No black acting nominees two years in a row is the first time that's happened since 1997-98--so more a dip than a longstanding pattern,” ungkap Mark Harris, jurnalis asal Amerika Serikat, melalui akun Twitter-nya.

Menanggapi banyaknya protes terhadap daftar nominasi,  Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, mencoba memberikan pengertian pada semua pihak. Secara lengkap, inilah ungkapan Boone Isaacs.

“I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year's nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it's time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.This isn't unprecedented for the Academy. In the '60s and '70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.”

Hmm, seperti apakah acara Academy Awards ke-88 ini akan berlangsung nantinya? Banyak yang berspekulasi bahwa Chris Rock akan menjadi satu-satunya orang yang tidak berkulit putih di acara tersebut. We’ll see, Glitzy.

(Shilla Dipo)