Political Protest at the Oscars

A History of Oscars Speeches as Political Protest -- The Verge, 2017, 3:45 -- https://youtu.be/SvzzJsGCv5w

A brief look at activism in Academy Award acceptance speeches. It’s admirable when prominent figures use their platforms to amplify marginalized voices and to raise awareness of social injustices. Why might some be against this politicising of the Oscars? Do you think this type of activism accomplishes any positive changes? What issues can we expect to hear about in the 2019 Oscars?

From the video’s description: The 89th Academy Awards was an opportunity for Hollywood’s best to speak out about the political causes that concerned them the most, on the biggest stage possible. But in a time when voters are divided and everyone’s a pundit, it’s easy to forget that the Oscars weren’t always a home to politics. From Marlon Brando to the creators of Moonlight, we take a look at the history of the Oscars as a moving, and sometimes miscalculated, home to political protest.