The Oscars had a much-acknowledged race problem at this year's ceremony, but for some observers, the paucity of nominations for black performers was only matched by the lack of black actors presenting awards. "It's obvious there's not ONE Black male actor in Hollywood that's able to read a teleprompter, or that's 'hip enuf,' for the new academy demographic!" Samuel L. Jackson wrote to the Los Angeles Times. "In the Hollywood I saw tonite, I don't exist nor does Denzel, Eddie, Will, Jamie, or even a young comer like Anthony Mackie!" In fact, the situation for black male actors may be even more dire than that: Will Smith hasn't been onscreen since 2008's Seven Pounds, and as Jackson, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman age (and Forest Whitaker and Terrence Howard flee to TV), there are few black stars being groomed to replace them. The promising Mackie hasn't had nearly the same opportunities as his Hurt Locker co-star Jeremy Renner — his most high-profile credit since that 2009 film was the third lead in this weekend's The Adjustment Bureau — and while Idris Elba was almost handed the Alex Cross franchise, studio suits gave it to Tyler Perry instead. Are there potential superstars out there whom Hollywood hasn't yet noticed, or does the current obsession with lily-white superhero movies and revisionist fairy tales mean that there simply isn't any work available for black leading men? [24 Frames/LAT]
Most Viewed Stories
The Best Show on TV Is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Cersei Lannister’s Crown Was Designed to Show How Lonely She Is
Game of Thrones Has a Gay Problem
Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen on Littlefinger’s Motives and Why Sansa Is Becoming More Like Him Every Day
These Are the Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition’s Weird, Helpful, and/or Boring Additions
Orange Is the New Black’s Lori Petty on How Prison Failed Lolly
The Best Books of 2016 (So Far)
The Best TV Shows of 2016 (So Far)
What Does Jon Snow’s Parentage Mean for His Future?
8 Lingering Game of Thrones Questions We Need Answered
Latest News from VultureNetflix Picks Up Lost in Space Reboot
Netflix is remaking the 1965 cult series.Tom Hanks Plays the Reluctant Hero in Sully Trailer
Clint Eastwood's latest.Captain America’s Sinister Twist Is Finally Explained, But That Hasn’t Quieted Critics
The fracas began a month ago.What’s Leaving Showtime: July 2016
Goodbye, Good Will Hunting.Idris Elba, Emma Watson Lead Academy’s Largest and Most Diverse New Class
It's part of a mission to double the diversity of Academy ranks by 2020.49 Celebrities Come Together to ‘Stop the Hate’ and Pay Tribute to Victims of the Orlando Attacks
Directed and produced by Ryan Murphy.Theater Accidentally Plays Horny-Sausage Movie Trailer Before Finding Dory
The theater chain calls it "a one-time honest mistake."At Last! Nielsen Has Ratings for Orange Is the New Black (Sort Of)
Drum roll, please ...Does Orange Is the New Black Fall Into the ‘Bury Your Gays’ Trope?
In a year full of death on TV, where does OITNB fit in?Preacher Evangelizes Its Way Into a Second Season
It'll have 13 episodes.
Tallulah debuted at Sundance this year.37 Universities on the Status of Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees
Including Yale, Carnegie Mellon, UConn, UPenn, UNC, and Notre Dame.Revisit Jessica Williams’s Best Segments From The Daily Show
Four years of funny, provoking work.The Best TV Shows of 2016 (So Far)
GOT, CXG, two O.J.s, and more.Bleed for This Trailer: It’s Just Miles Teller, a Tiny Mustache, and His Will to Survive
Teller stars as boxer Vinny Pazienza.Law & Order Director Jace Alexander Gets 10 Years Probation in Child-Porn Case
He pleaded guilty in January.Jessica Williams Is Leaving The Daily Show to Pursue a New ‘Woke’ Comedy Pilot
After four years as a correspondent.Watching the BoJack Horseman Season 3 Trailer Might Not Bring You Lasting Happiness, But You Should Still Do It Anyway
"If I win an Oscar, my life will have meaning."New Trolls Trailer: Most of the Bridges in This Movie Are Gonna Come From Pop Songs
Who does their hair?!Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen on Littlefinger’s Motives and Why Sansa Is Becoming More Like Him Every Day
"Sansa really is becoming more Baelish–like."