“And the winner is, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” It is a movie, which at times makes fun at the showbiz industry. The hero, Riggan Thomson, and played by Michael Keaton, is driven to find redemption in his acting career. This obsession to his ego is his own undoing, and he will stop at nothing to have that fixation fulfilled, even if it means killing himself.
If a ‘person of color’ played Riggan Thomson would the film win the Oscar for Best Picture Award? Probably not. Not because there is an inherent dislike for Blacks in the movie industry, but because the movie industry lacks good black talent. When I say ‘good Black talent’ I mean the ability to make us believe in the character on the screen.
Sidney Poitier’s Oscar for Lilies of the Field was a result of talent, not because he was black. He had terrible reviews from his movie The Jackal, not because he was Black, but because he did poorly.
So, we ask ourselves, why aren’t there more Blacks receiving the silver screen’s most honored awards? The answer in simply this; too many Blacks seem to feel an entitlement, because of the injustices done to them, during America’s sanctioned use of slavery as an economic tool of free enterprise. Present day Blacks did not live during the period of Slavery, but they see themselves as victims, nonetheless. With a victim’s, chip-on-the-shoulder, they feel entitlement and it shows.
Success is a process by which a person strives to do their best, with the God-given talents they have, and not because they expect success, simply because their skin is the same color of their forefathers.