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“Till” star Danielle Deadwyler accuses Hollywood of ‘systemic racism’ after Oscars snub

Deadwyler was expected to be recognised for her performance in the drama Till.

But she missed out on a nomination, as did Viola Davis, who was also widely tipped to be in the running.

Deadwyler said there is a “trickle-down effect” of racism in society on many institutions in American life.

In Till, the actress plays the mother of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman.

After she was snubbed when the nominations were announced in January, Till writer and director ChinonyeChukwu accused Hollywood of “unabashed misogyny towards Black women”.

“Cinematic history is 100+ years old. I would dare say the system is deeply, deeply impacted by systemic racism that has shaped our country.”

Deadwyler said

Deadwyler added that racism impacts not just the film industry, but education and every “part of quotidian American life.”

The 95th Oscars take place March 12 in Hollywood. The nominees for best actress in a leading tole are Michelle Yeoh, Ana de Armas, Michelle Williams, Cate Blanchett and Andrea Riseborough.

Halle Berry became the only Black woman to receive that award in 2002. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Angela Bassett is nominated for 2023′s best supporting actress.

No black men are nominated for best lead actor this year. Two black performers – Angela Bassett and Brian Tyree Henry – are in the running in the supporting categories. The winners will be announced on 12 March.

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Written by Jamil Johnson