quote:Originally posted by zodo:quote:Originally posted by Yemaya:
Tyler Perry racked in $21.5 million this weekend with his movie "Why Did I Get Married". Tyler Perry has had a pretty successful run so far in the movie business. But why don't you hear terms like 'oscar buzz' associated with him? And where is his NAACP awards? I could be wrong on the NAACP thing, but really Tyler with the help of the black community, especially sisters is kicking some serious butt!
Yup the buzz is it's a good movie and as for the Oscar thingy Blacks only win the Academy Award for playing thugs, hoodlums, ne'er-do-wells, hookers and whores. Denzel has an impressive resume of distinguished roles but yet and still he won the award for playing a murderous crooked cop.
P.S. I'm looking forward to seeing Jill Scott in this movie and the upcoming "#1 Women Detective Agency" where she'll play the role of a female South African (I think)detective. Jill is my cutie----I like a sistah with a little heftiness on dem bones. To this day I don't know what the NAACP's criteria is for giving awards for family-oriented and/or Black relationship movies!
Maybe Tyler Perry's future movies will have "Oscar buzzes," if they become a little more dramatic.
I agree with you zodo to an extent with the Oscars. Not every black Oscar winner played a thuggish role. Sidney Poitier didn't play a thug in "Lillies of the Field." Jamie Foxx won as Ray Charles in "Ray." I know that Ray Charles wasn't a thug nor a ne'er do-well. He was shrewd businessman and gifted legendary singer/musician, and his role was positive.
Denzel wasn't the first guy to win an Oscar for a playing a villain, and he won't be the last. As many corrupt cops are in the LAPD, NYPD, and nationwide, it's way too late and too long to get upset about Denzel winning Best Oscar playing a crooked cop in "Training Day." Even after the stuff that happened with Sean Bell, Louima and Diallo, we can no longer pretend that there's NO corrupt cops in America...white, black or otherwise.
Forest Whitaker won earlier this year playing Idi Amin for "The Last King of Scotland." Idi Amin was a real person. And he was a villain, a dictator. There are as many villains in this world, fictional and real, as there are heroes in this world. And nobody will never appreciate a hero, unless there's a villain around to test him or her.
How can any of us honestly get upset about the roles that we win or get nominated in the Academy Awards, when the number one show watched in black households last year was "Flavor of Love?" If we don't support movies or TV shows that are positive, why should we be surprised that there aren't enough of them on the TV or movie screens, when we barely watch them at all, if ever?
It's just like voting, you can't complain if you don't support/participate.