SNL Parodies #OscarsSoWhite in Awards Show Sketch
And the winner is... a white guy.
Saturday Night Live hasn’t been afraid to put their take on a controversy out there, and we probably should’ve expected that they’d be quick to share their not entirely off-the-mark parody of the upcoming Academy Awards. In SNL-land, the Oscars are represented by the fictional Screen Guild Awards, where the award for Best Actor is getting ready to be handed out.
The five nominees all share one thing in common–they’re all white dudes! And as each nominee is read out, the parts for which they’re being nominated grow smaller and smaller in films that predominantly star black actors. In fictional versions of films like Creed, Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation (all of which were snubbed by this year’s Oscar noms), white actors receive the best actor nomination for everything from a walk-on role without any dialogue to a faceless voice on the phone.
And by the end, it doesn’t really matter who wins, does it?
This sketch comes after the Academy recently announced it had approved new measures by a unanimous vote to diversify its members by the year 2020. Oscars host Chris Rock has also confirmed via the award show’s producers that he will be re-tailoring his monologue to address the controversy over this year’s nominations, effectively “writing a new show.”
So, yeah. Between those who have already said they’re going to be boycotting the ceremony and those who have said they plan to show up anyway, it looks like it’ll be a pretty interesting night one way or another–and maybe not that far off from SNL‘s version in terms of the jokes that will likely be made at Hollywood’s expense.
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