by JULIAN BARCENAS
The Oscars are an American awards show hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The first Oscars award show was televised to the people of America in 1929 and is now watched in over 200 countries today. This year marks 87 years of the Oscars and they will take place on February 28. This year’s awards show has been criticized by many people due to a boycott led by colored actors and artists who believe that there are too many white people nominated and not enough people of color nominated to receive an award. This situation occurred at last year’s show as well. Some actors that have publicly spoken out about the boycott are actors Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith. The three also announced that they will not be attending the award show to prove how dedicated to the cause they are. There are many other actors who are also participating in the boycott. Not only are actors of color stepping out and supporting the boycott; many white actors are as well. Actors such as Danny Devito, Reese Witherspoon, and George Clooney all agree that there need to be changes in the way the Academy Awards are run. President of the Oscars, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, says that changes will come in 2020. This is not enough effort for trying to fix the way things are, so the boycott will continue until things are different. This year’s awards will be one for the books.