Straight Outta Compton: Could Have Been An Oscar Nomination
There's been lots of talk about the snubbing of several African-Americans as the Oscars this year as well as those films that prominantly featured African-Americans in leading roles. 'Straight Outta Compton' is certainly one of them.
A recent re-edit of the 'Straight Outta Compton' trailer suggest that if the same movie took the focus off the group and focused it on Paul Giamati playing Jerry Heller and cast him as a good samaritan going against the grain to help a group of misunderstood, poor Black kids, have a voice in a rage against the machine, the movie would have had a shot at an Oscar.
It takes me back to how our history has always seemed to cast the White guy as the hero. Since the academy is run by a bunch of old white guys it probably makes them squirm to see their generation cast in such a bad light. I would assume that these guys aren't all bad. Probably some of them donate to worthy causes that benefit the disinfrachised so they don't see how their unconcious behaviour is actually racist. The need for the "Good Ole Boy" generation to maintain a unblemish legacy actually oppresses the progress of those that exist outside of that group. Perhaps this realization opens a few more eyes. The need to overlook the entire truth is actually a bold face lie and makes the legacy of old men, who otherwise consider themselves to be good guys, to look in the mirror and see something less than they hope to be.
As they say, "Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recover. So long as you remain in denial the longer it takes to make that first step". Straight Outta Compton is a great movie. But refusing to acknowledge it's greatness cast a shadow over a film that is surely a sign of the times both then and now as well as illustrates how far we still need to go.