A Letter To The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Dear Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,

     First, I would like to congratulate you on a modestly successful host-less show. As a long time fan of your annual celebratory presentations, I was surprised by the level of detail you put into your show this year. Not only did the pace and overall narrative flow of the show was brisk and tightly executed, but it left more room for the winners to speak about their films and personal platforms. Well, with an exception of the disgraceful muting of the Spider-Verse speech, everything was fine and dandy for the most part. Also, I would like to thank you for the genius idea of dressing up Melissa McCarthy as Queen Anne, with 17 individual stuffed rabbits alongside her ingenious role play. There were plenty of incredible presenters from last nights show, which you should consider for next year’s Academy Awards. People like John Mulaney, Awkwafina, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and the aforementioned Melissa McCarthy could make for some potentially terrific hosts, based on their wildly positive reception on social media.

     However, I’m deeply concerned by the lack of diversity in your long withstanding membership guild. With over 94% of your voters being white, it makes complete sense why Driving Miss Daisy Part 2 won Best Picture. The complete idiocy and disregard for other minorities to join your boy’s club is wildly inflated by your massive hard-on ego, where the boundaries of nominating a beautiful foreign period piece about domestic workers and memories is on par with a film directed by a pedophile. Scratch that, the pedophile film is more highly regarded in this case.

     Snubbing the likes of Steve McQueen, Lee Chang-Dong, and Morgan Neville, it’s no wonder why you instead nominated and gave an award to an Islamophobe and dick flasher. White trash will always somehow look terrific in your eyes, no matter the consequence nor logical reasoning behind these very immoral acts. Now let me tell you, you got some things right this year. I enjoyed the variety of POC winners at this year’s award show, and Colman winning against Glenn Close was quite the outstanding surprise. However, at the end of the day, your irresponsible admiration and dangerous actions towards the industry should be put on trial for all too see. We shouldn’t be glorifying these people, or giving them awards for that matter.  

     All in all, this year was quite sub-par. It wasn’t the host-less show this time around, but more so the obnoxious choices that your team made, due to your clear lack of diversity and attention. This change needs to start now, and hopefully this exact wave can come into fruition, before your 100th anniversary. Let’s start a new kind of revolution!


     David Cuevas

   ‘Editor for On The Clock’

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