Academy Awards 2016: Movies remain a global phenomenon
As film fans and the Hollywood community gear up for the highly anticipated annual Academy Awards, there is considerable buzz around the lack of the diversity in the major categories.
For the third time in a decade none of the major acting or directing nominees is an African-American, which is hardly a reflection of the demographics of filmgoers, who are disproportionately black and Latino. The continued lack of diversity among nominees has seen a furious revival of last year’s hashtag #oscarssowhite, which began trending on social media almost immediately after nominations were announced.
Still, despite the shadow of divisiveness looming over the awards, there is no doubt that the Oscars remains a galvanizing global event, which unites movie buffs from all over the world.
The global audience for cinema continues to go grow with each year, with the Hollywood juggernaut facing increasing competition from the likes of China, India and even Nigeria, which has its own booming film scene known as “Nollywood.”
And while more and more of the milennial generation is moving away from traditional forms of media consumption (phones and tablets have become the viewing model of choice for many, supplanting televisions) there is still something uniquely magical about the experience of seeing a film on the big screen with an audience that has yet to be duplicated or surpassed.
As we commemorate American film industry’s most glamorous and prestigious night, we are taking a look at how watching movies really is a universal experience.