‘The Real’ Reacts to the Lack of Diversity in Oscar Nominations

So many deserving actors did not get nominated for an Oscar.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the honorees for the 2020 Academy Awards; Todd Phillips’ “Joker” leads the pack with 11 nominations.

However, many social media users felt the ceremony snubbed several performers of color — including Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”), Awkwafina (“The Farewell”) and Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”).

On Monday’s live episode of “The Real,” hosts Adrienne Houghton, Amanda Seales, Jeannie Mai, Loni Love and Tamera Mowry-Housley discussed the lack of diversity among the nominees.

While noting that the Academy is 68 percent male and 84 percent white — which was also reported by the New York Times — Love says, “They need to expand the categories.”

“Or diversify the panel,” Mai added.

Seales believes the organization still operates on an archaic system “that gotta be overhauled with a new consciousness.”

“It’s only going to change when somebody decides that it makes enough money for them for it to change,” the “Insecure” actress noted.

For Houghton, she wishes the Oscars “would recognize everyone fairly” to make sure that all nominations are deserved and legitimate.

“I hate the idea that because we make an uproar about it, the following year, then they give us a little something… I would feel like, ‘Damn, are y’all just giving this to me for the purpose of diversity?’” Adrienne exclaimed.

She added, “I would hate to have that feeling of going home with an award, with a statue, and feeling like, ‘Was this just given me to fulfill the quota of like, oh, we have to give something to a Latina, to a black woman.’… I wish they would recognize everyone fairly.”

Despite the controversy, the hosts gave shout-outs to Best Actress nominee Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), Best Actor nominee Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), and Best Animated Short Film nominee Matthew A. Cherry, who was honored for directing “Hair Love.”

While announcing the nominees with John Cho, Issa Rae made a quick jab at the all-male Best Director contenders, quipping, “Congratulations to those men.”

Additionally, while speaking to TMZ in New York, Tyler Perry expressed his dismay with Lopez’s snub, exclaiming, “I’m upset, man. J.Lo didn’t get nominated, are you kidding me?... She shoulda gotten nominated.”

The writer/director also believed Awkwafina — who became the first Asian-American woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy this year —deserved to be recognized.


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