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The Lack of Diversity: A Growing Concern in Hollywood

As the most prestigious awards ceremony in Hollywood dawns tonight, there has been no secret as to the recent controversy concerning the nominee choices. In fact, in the first time in nearly twenty years, all of the actors nominated are caucasian. Among the most notable snubs are the cast members of the movie, Selma, which won praises from both critics and audiences everywhere. David Oyelowo, who plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, portrayed the legendary reverend with such fervor and accuracy that it seems almost outrageous that he was not considered for the Best Actor category in the Oscars. Also, with the unfortunate exclusion of Selma’ s director,  Ava DuVernay, the Academy missed out on the opportunity to nominate the first African-American female director in history. Although the movie was nominated for Best Picture, it was completely ignored in both directorial and acting categories. While 2014’s Oscars was highlighted by the monumental win of the period drama film, 12 Years a Slave,  and the heartwarming acceptance speech given by Best Supporting Actress winner …

Hollywood 2014; Stars to Watch

New year, new movies, and new stars! The New Year brings in more than just resolutions. A new crop of celebrities also comes to Hollywood! Chris Pratt: Fans of Parks and Recreation will already recognize him as the lovable and dimwitted Andy on the NBC sitcom. But now Chris is earning his movie star status. He is currently the voice of Emmett the Lego piece in the box office smash “The Lego Movie.” In the summer, he will be starring in the much-anticipated superhero movie of the summer “The Guardians of the Galaxy.” Pratt will be playing Peter Quill, whose superhero name is Starlord. Chiwetel Ejiofor: Ejiofor is a big deal in England. He is an actor of the stage and screen. This year Ejiofor is making his name in the United States. His portrayal of Solomon Northrup, a freeborn African-American forced into slavery, in “12 Years a Slave” has earned him multiple accolades. He has been nominated for best actor at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actor Guilds Awards. He was also nominated for best actor …