Who Is Behind The Gold Statue?
Since 1929, the year it was founded, the Academy Awards has been a huge success. Ninety years after it was established, this year has been coined the most successful one ever. For many years, Oscars has been known as #OscarsSoWhite. There are many controversies that have riddled the Oscars including how they have attempted to erase people of color, disabilities, and Deaf people. People that fall in those categories are often ignored and whether the Oscars awarded are authentic have long been questioned due to the lack of recognition. Last year, “Oscars So White” created a ripple effect all over the world. The social media took over the buzz with the hashtag to hold The Academy Awards accountable. It seems to have worked for this year, there have been an overwhelming amount of support for people of color, disabilities, and Deaf people.
People of Colors got nominated for more awards this year than ever in the history of the Academy Awards.
The Academy Awards are known for a beautiful gold statues filled all over the venue with beautiful dresses, tuxedos and winning the gold status in different categories as the best actor, actress, pictures, music, and etc. It is believed that the statute is called the “Oscars” because Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick had mentioned that it looked like her Uncle Oscar. The nickname wasn’t adopted officially until 1939 but by 1934, it was known well enough that Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky used it in a piece referring to Katharine Hepburn's first Best Actress win.
People are chattering left and right about Billy Porter and his beautiful strapless velvet gown by Christian Siriano but people are missing one major thing. “Oscar stands 13½ inches tall and weighs in at a robust 8½ pounds. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.” (Oscars)
The man behind the statute in the photo below is a man of many firsts. Cesar Ayala got the opportunity to be the gold statue for a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS which happened to be on the same night as the Oscars night. He is a person of color (Latino), gay, and Deaf. He earned the title of Mr. San Francisco last year. He also cheers for San Francisco Pride parade. Now, he is the first Deaf gold statue for “The Academy Awards”. What a great way to celebrate and honor the LGBT community!
The current hashtag has evolved to #OscarsNotSoWhite from #OscarsSoWhite which is a positive outlook for the oscars. People on social media have sent out a countless messages that they are very happy with the outcome. This is only the beginning of recognition of the right people for the right roles!