Jack Ohman’s cartoon (“ ... and the Oscar for worst optics goes to the White Hollywood Power Structure for their role in ‘Straight Outta 1954’ …”) makes a telling point, but a salient detail is dramatically off.
In 1954, Dorothy Dandridge appeared in Otto Preminger’s “Carmen Jones” (a musical adaptation of Georges Bizet’s opera with an all-black cast) and, for her performance in that film, she was the first African-American woman nominated for best actress. While she did not win, her nomination was far from insignificant.
The 2016 nominations deserve to be ridiculed, but not at the expense of 1954!
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