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The Great Awards Whitewash

Lanre Bakare | The Guardian   in  · · ·
February 20, 2015

Selma star David Oyelowo has been snubbed at the Oscars, and Kanye wasn’t the only person to call out the Grammys for failing to recognise black artists. Industry insiders on awards, racism and business as usual on the red carpet.

At the 60th Academy Awards in April 1988, Eddie Murphy gave a short speech before announcing the nominees for best picture.

In front of the academy and the nominees gathered at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles he introduced himself and waited for the applause to die down. Then he said the following: “When they came to me and said they wanted me to present the award for best picture, my first reaction was to say no, I ain’t going. My manager came to me and said, ‘Why?’”

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