On Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will likely give Leto a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Rayon. But for me, he’ll be lauded for playing a modern-day Al Jolson, a lazy caricature of a minority—this time in a kind of “pinkface.”
Back in 1940, when Hattie McDaniel took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Mammy in “Gone With The Wind,” Hollywood was incessantly proud of itself. The Academy indulged in feel-good self-congratulations that night because McDaniel was the first black person to win
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