mlrg wrote:Cicely Tyson, Danny Glover or John Singleton would be better choices to cover the "African American quota" the Academy needs to have these days. As everything nowadays, it needs to be political correct.
I'm going to push back on this statement, because (certainly in America right now), there's serious value in doing so.
Why is honoring one artist of color alongside three white artists a sop to political correctness? Not everyone who works in the industry is white. Not everyone who has made a lifelong contribution to cinema worthy of an Honorary Oscar is white. Griping about how honoring ONE person of color is tainting the process really strikes me as not dissimilar from arguing that the winners should only be all white. Which I know is NOT what you're arguing. But the sentiment of "ugh, political correctness" doesn't seem that far to me from "ugh, a black person won an Oscar" in this situation, and I think we all should strive to be sensitive to that.
As far as the others you've cited, Cicely Tyson and Danny Glover are actors, who I don't think the Governors view as being in the same competition pool as behind-the-camera folk. (And to be honest, Glover's career strikes me as a better fit for the SAG Lifetime Achievement.)
And John Singleton isn't even fifty -- I don't know why he would even be considered for life achievement honors at this point. (To say nothing of the fact that his resume isn't much beyond Boyz N the Hood.)