The biggest award show of them all will be starting on a television near you at 5:30 on ABC, but with the controversy surrounding all the nominees being white, a healthy amount of minority figures will be attending a fundraiser in Flint Michigan instead. Not that the Oscars are going to flop because of this, but it may cause a dip in views for the prestigious award show as as Creed and Selma directors Ryan Coogler and Ava Duvernay among others have decided to not attend and put their efforts into something more beneficial to a crisis that has been swept under the rug by political figures of Flint Michigan.
Ryan Coogler directed one of the years best films in Creed, but only garnered one nomination and that was for Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky.
Coogler founded Blackout for Human Rights that has recruited notable names like Duvernay, Nate Parker, Donald Glover, and Janelle Monae and will put their talents and focuses on fixing the water problem that Flint Michigan has been dealing with for Lord knows how long. Either way, hopefully by this time next year we can see positive changes everywhere from the Oscars to the water damage in Flint and we won’t have to make hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite.