Danielle Deadwyler recently addressed the Oscar snub of her performance in the film Till, which earned her a nomination for Best Actress. Deadwyler, who is African-American, spoke out about the systemic racism in awards shows, and how it has impacted her career.
Deadwyler was nominated for the Best Actress award at the 2021 Oscars, but was ultimately snubbed. This snub is yet another example of the systemic racism that exists in Hollywood and awards shows. Deadwyler spoke out about the issue in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying:
“It’s a reminder of the systemic racism that exists in the entertainment industry and the awards shows. I’m not the first African-American woman to be snubbed for an Oscar. We’ve seen this time and time again. It’s not just me. It’s a systemic issue.”
Deadwyler also discussed her role in Till, which is based on the true story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. She said that she was drawn to the role because of its importance in terms of highlighting the ongoing fight against racism and injustice.
“I wanted to be a part of telling this story because it’s so important. It’s a reminder of the systemic racism that still exists in our society today. We have to keep fighting for justice and equality.”
Deadwyler’s powerful words are a reminder of the ongoing fight against systemic racism in the entertainment industry and beyond. It is clear that there is still work to be done in order to ensure that all people, regardless of race, are given equal opportunities and recognition.
Deadwyler is not alone in her fight. She is part of a larger movement of actors, filmmakers, and activists who are speaking out about the systemic racism that exists in Hollywood and awards shows. It is only through continued dialogue and action that we can create lasting change and ensure that everyone is seen and heard.