Can the Oscars Ever Overcome Hollywood’s Diversity Problem?

Oscars

A new report found that in the industry, writers, directors, and executives are still over 80 percent white and male—and that stat is borne out on the Academy Awards stage.

Cerise Castle, journalist for Los Angeles Magazine, writes, “It’s the time of year when the zeitgeist inevitably turns to the Oscars, a notoriously white award show that consistently overlooks the accomplishments of women and people of color, both in front of and behind the camera. Although some think that Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite could be the first foreign-language film to take home the award for Best Picture, there was a stunning lack of diversity amongst this year’s acting nominees; British actress Cynthia Erivo was the only nonwhite actor nominated for a performance. For almost a century, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has maintained a death grip on its status as the gatekeeper to Hollywood acclaim. “

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Global Film Industry Storylines Set to Dominate 2020

Richard Hubner Pixabay Disney

SCREENDAILY released the set dominate storylines of our global film industry. The storylines include:

  • The Streaming Wars Intensify
  • Festivals Face Up to Challenging Times
  • Don’t Expect Such a Dominant Year For Disney
  • Will China’s ‘Cold Winter’ Continue?
  • The Harvey Weinstein Criminal Trial
  • Will This Be Africa’s Year?
  • What Future for Culture and Cinema Under the New European Parliament?
  • Can the Industry Get Serious About Sustainability?
  • Gender Equality – More Action, Less Talk
  • Will the Indie Film Industry Start Embracing AI?

Read the full article written by Melanie Goodfellow, Charles Gant, Fionnuala Halligan and Wendy Mitchell.

Thank you for UMFF 2019!

UMFF 2019

The 18th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) 2019 was a success because of the actors, filmmakers, content creators, writers, movie lovers and volunteers from around the world. Thank you for coming out October 10-16 to support diverse and inclusive storytellers!

Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Urban Mediamakers Team

Tyler Perry Unveils New Grand Studio in Atlanta

Tyler Perry Studios - Atlanta, GA

Tyler Perry came to Atlanta living out of his car. Now he owns the largest studio in the United States. Located in southwest Atlanta – SWATS – Perry has turned an old confederate United States Army Base into a site to see. Atlanta has its own Hollywood owned by Tyler Perry. Congratulations Tyler. We are so proud of you.