‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes On #OscarsSoWhite Controversy

There's a curious pattern in the nominees for this year's 'Screen Guild Awards.'

'Saturday Night Live' Takes On #OscarsSoWhite
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“No matter how you feel about it, it casts sort of a pall over the season, which is too bad.”

That’s how one of this year’s Oscar nominees summed up the now-annual #OscarsSoWhite controversy when we spoke at the PGA Awards Saturday night. Indeed, while it might be unfortunate for the nominees, while many might express bewilderment over the controversy’s persistency this time around, the debate over diversity in the Academy — and the industry — has claimed the identity of this year’s awards season.

And then “Saturday Night Live” went ahead and made it official.

It’s a funny sketch. It works. It caricatures the Academy’s tendency to award a white male demographic while specifying one of the (more facile than incriminating) complaints this season: that the only nominees from films led by people of color were white.

“Weekend Update” anchor Michael Che also took aim. “The Oscars ceremony is so long and so white and so boring it might actually win an Oscar,” he quipped, adding, “There’s got to be nothing more infuriating to Spike Lee than nominating a movie called ‘Brooklyn’ starring only white people. That’s just rubbing it in.”

I laughed.