Viola Davis thinks Black Talent is considered like the leftovers in Hollywood.
The Oscar Award-winning actress Viola Davis opened up about the unfair treatment of people of colour, especially black people, in Hollywood. Viola is simply not impressed by the industry’s attempt to perpetuate inclusivity because according to her, it’s just a ‘second thought.’
She divulged that a thoughtful creative process should be employed to write characters for black people that are ‘culturally specific.’
“It’s so hard to get films made that don’t fit a certain box of how they see us,” Viola went on to explain her point. “Inclusivity cannot be a hashtag. You’ve got to write roles for people of colour that are culturally specific – that is just as thought out as our white counterparts’ roles, to get to the point of excellence, so that we can be considered for awards.
"But a lot of time with inclusivity, it’s a second thought. We’re the leftovers," she added.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actress is nominated once again for the Oscar Award in the Best Actress category. After bagging her fourth Oscar nomination, Viola became the most-times nominated black female artist. She is also one of the only two black women who has been nominated again for an Oscar after winning the award once.
But Viola Davis is not impressed by any of it.
“The only reason I’m breaking records is that no one has been recognized,” she says. “That ‘honour’ is a sort of limited honour. The problem is with the moviemaking business itself, not the awards."
Viola further added, "You cannot nominate anyone for awards if there are no films being made.”