Last year, The Hollywood Reporter blatantly stated that every woman featured in its Actress Roundtable issue was white, explaining, “The nasty truth is that there are no minority actresses in genuine contention for an Oscar this year.”
The letter to readers was necessary, especially after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. In 2015, every person nominated in the four major Academy Award acting categories was white. And once again, in 2016, not a single performer of coloring was up for an awarding. But it seems THR’s new encompas might give us some hope that this year’s nominations will be different.
Black actresses including “Hidden Figures” star Taraji P. Henson and “Moonlight” and “Collateral Beauty” frontwoman Naomie Harris appear in the issue alongside an array of women of all ages. Three famous redheads Amy Adams, Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone are singled out, as well as “Jackie” star Natalie Portman and the legendary Annette Bening, whose performance in “2 0th Century Women” is getting rave reviews.
It’s safe to say that the women interviewed during the roundtable also noticed the altered in attendees this year.
“It’s changing enormously, ” Harris, 40, told of the industry’s focus on performers of coloring. Henson, 46, added that, although it’s “always hard” to discover roles as a black woman, she sees that all women in Hollywood face their own set of problems. “I have white friends, blond hair, blue eyes, who ain’t worked in five years. Have we ensure enough the representatives from African-American stories? No. But has Hollywood been horrible to me? No, ” she told. “I’ve worked. Did I get paid what I deserve? That is the question we should be talking about. But I can’t take that on because I have worked and I’ve ensure my career do this. So I never wallow in the muck and say,’ Oh, it’s hard.’ That’s a given. I can’t take this scalp off. We know what the bargain is. You understand? So I’m not going to make it an issue.”
There are a few female actresses of coloring being recognized for their work this year, most notably Henson and Harris, as well as Ruth Negga of “Loving, ” Sonia Braga of “Aquarius, ” Sasha Lane of “American Honey” and Madina Nalwanga of “Queen of Katwe.” We could definitely assure a handful of these women make it on the awarding display votes, which is a step forward for Hollywood.
As for what Adams thinks about the diversity problem, as well as another timely issue in Hollywood aging she believes it’s producers , not the actresses, we should be grilling.
“Who you should be asking is the Producer Roundtable:’ Do you think minorities are underrepresented? Do you think women are underpaid? ’ We are always put on the chopping block to put our opinion out there, and that question is never asked. I’m like,’ Why don’t you ask them and then have their statements be the headlines in the press? ’ I don’t want to be a headline anymore about pay equality, ” Adams, 42, told, adding, “I believe the real question should be asked of the people who build those decisions.”
Portman, who is expecting her second infant with husband Benjamin Millepied, concluded the conversation by addressing how all women should be helping one another in the current social climate.
“It feels very urgent right now to make change in local communities, ” the 35 -year-old told. “Right now it feelings really important to push female leadership. We need to teach daughters to be boss now. Now. Like yesterday.”
For more from the Actress Roundtable, head to The Hollywood Reporter .
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