Dear The Oscar Committee, Screw You [Op-Ed]

Ice Cube Says F*** You

Credit: HHMW

It deeply saddens me that we have to undergo this debacle of an award show again for the second straight year. It deeply saddens me that a movie that vividly illustrated life as an African American in the 80’s has been shunned by movie pundits. It deeply saddens me that a movie that highlighted a culture’s difficult beginnings — which by the way was marred by racism and violence — can’t manage to squeeze in one nomination outside of its screenplay. I’m mortified by the Oscar’s decision to leave out one of the best movies of 2015 in Straight Outta Compton.

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F. Gray Gray’s film was a home run. By recruiting several novices to play integral roles consisting of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy E, he was able to squeeze the talent out of a Corey Hawkins, a Jason Mitchell, and an O’Shea Jackson Jr. Theres guys weren’t acting heavyweights in the box office prior to this film. These guys aren’t pillars of the acting world a la Denzel Washingon, Will Smith, Don Cheatle, etc. Jason Mitchell couldn’t even afford a plane ticket to audition for his role of Eazy-E, but somehow, he managed to kill the role with ease, because of his raw talent.

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But, Hollywood overlooked that. Hollywood overlooked the talent of an O’Shea Jackson who replicated his father’s life and demeanor to a tee.


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