Monday, February 27, 2012

Octavia Won, Viola Did Not, Now What?

I, like a lot of other Americans watched the Academy Awards (The Oscars) last night.  I do not watch much television, I have certain shows that I watch and one of my current favorite shows is Once Upon A Time. HOWEVER, due to the Oscars my show did not come on so I actually just watched the Oscars by default!  The BEST thing about the Oscars, is, was, and always will be ...THE CLOTHES!  I like the gowns, and I like being the fashion police!  But this year there was ..... Black people nominated!  I, of course heard all of the pre-Oscar buzz, and like many other African Americans I wanted Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis to win the little golden man.  NO, I did not see the movie, "The Help".  It is not something I would watch, nor do I want to watch it.  It may be a very good movie, I just have no desire to see more black people playing the role of slaves or servants or maids, so NO, "The Help" is not something I am interested in watching.  NO, I am not one of those people who believe that all black people should run out and support a movie because it is historical, or because it has black people in it.  I get my history from books, research, or family stories!  I pay to see what I like to watch, period!  And a movie about maids is NOT what I like!


Now you may ask, "Then how can you want Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer to win without having seen their performance"? Well, frankly this is purely racial.  I just wanted them to win because they are black actresses and black actresses and black actors are traditionally overlooked or ignored at prestigious award shows such as the Oscars.  (And HELL NO, I do NOT count Halle Berry's Oscar win as a high five for black actresses.  Her role in Monster Ball was garbage! That's right I said it, my blog, my opinions!)
I do not recall anything that Octavia Spencer acted in that made an impression on me but I have seen Viola Davis in a number of roles, some even strong roles, such as playing the Mayor in "Law Abiding Citizen".  So I was a  little upset that Viola did not win last night, but as I said I did not see the movie so in all fairness I can not say that her acting would have or should have beat out Meryl Streep (who is also a phenomenal actress).  I think Viola Davis is an awesome actress however Hollywood does not develop strong roles that many black actors or actresses get.  I congratulate Octavia Spencer for her Oscar win and I congratulate Viola Davis for her Oscar nomination (even if they both were nominated for playing "maids") (BUT didn't Viola look FIERCE?!?!).
I am going to need African-Americans to audition for more action movies!  I would love to see Ms Viola in an action role!  I generally go to see action movies and thrillers, and an occasional comedy.  I very rarely go to see "black movies" because they are generally ghetto, poorly scripted, overly dramatized, or just plain ignorant.  Most black movies are so HEAVY with drama (Shout out to Tyler & Bishop, nothing personal, but REALLY??) that it is sickening!  Every black family is not harboring deep, dark, closet secrets!  Every black family does not have to have family members that are ignorant, or ghetto, or womanizers, or gold diggers, or drug dealers, or gang-bangers, or ex-pimps, or overly bourgeois, or ... well you get my point .  Can we have some good movies with all ethnicity of actors and actresses where they all blend into one great movie!!!!!!  Okay, sorry I digress. Deep breath in..... let it out.... moving on.

Anyway, thank goodness next week my show, Once Upon A Time, will be back on!
Congratulations to ALL the winners and nominees!

Smooches,
Regina


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