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Black Director Accuses Oscars of ‘Upholding Whiteness’ — Because She Wasn’t Nominated

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A film director accused the Oscars and the entertainment industry of being “aggressively committed to upholding whiteness” after failing to earn a nomination for the upcoming Oscar awards.

The annual award show announced its nominees for the 95th Academy Awards, including the usual surprises and snubs of recognized movies and tv shows.

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One snub included the “Best Direction” nomination for Chinonye Chukwu‘s “Till,” a biographical drama about Mamie Till-Bradley and her search for justice after the murder of her 14-year-old son Emmett Till. Although the movie received critical acclaim, it failed to receive any nominations in any category.

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Because of the snub, Chukwu said the Academy Awards are “upholding whiteness” and “perpetuating” misogyny against black women.

“We live in a world and work in industries that are so aggressively committed to upholding whiteness and perpetuating an unabashed misogyny towards Black women. And yet. I am forever in gratitude for the greatest lesson of my life – regardless of any challenges or obstacles, I will always have the power to cultivate my own joy, and it is this joy that will continue to be one of my greatest forms of resistance,” Chukwu wrote on her Instagram account Tuesday.

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