'SNL' took a swing at Hollywood with #OscarsSoWhite sketch
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" lampooned Hollywood's Oscar diversity controversy.
In its own fictional awards show, the "Screen Guild Awards," every nomination named a white actor in a bit movie role where there was a clearly more-deserving African-American actor or actress for the honor.
"And now, the award for best actor," said the presenter, played by Cecily Strong. "There were so many great performances this year. It's a shame we couldn't nominate more, but I think we can all agree this was the best of the best."
The ridiculous nominations would include some pretty small roles, such as "Dave the librarian" in a biopic of Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court judge, and the "man with camera," in a movie similar to "Beasts of No Nation."
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The more deserving black actors in the room couldn't help but show some disappointment over being passed over for the nomination.
In the end, the award was a tie. It went to... all the white actors.
The sketch follows the outcry among members of the Hollywood community – including director Spike Lee, actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and George Clooney – over the absence of nominations for black actors for a second consecutive year.
The Academy reiterated its intention to make diversity a priority, and is changing some rules to do so.
Watch "SNL's" timely sketch below:
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