“Consider: In the history of the Oscars, 10 black women have been nominated for best actress, and nine of them played characters who are homeless or might soon become so. (The exception is Viola Davis, for the 2011 drama “The Help.”)”
“All 10 performances for which black women have received best-actress nominations involve poor or lower-income characters, and half of those are penniless mothers.”
“A few more commonalities to note: Seven of the 10 best-actress nominees played characters with absent or incarcerated husbands, boyfriends, or fathers. And six of the characters suffer physical abuse, with five of them being raped.
The academy has tended to honor black men for different sorts of roles, and it has honored them more often. Black men have been up for best actor Oscars only 20 times. 13 of those characters were arrested. 15 were violent.”
“Ten of the characters have a white buddy or counterpart — or, when it comes to “Lilies of the Field” (1963), a whole convent full of them. …
Seven of the actors’ films feature no major black female characters. Seven of the characters abuse or mistreat women.”