Azia Celestino

The Real MVP: Jessica Chastain Calls for Diversity After Oscar Noms

Movies, Women Handlin’ Business, and Diversity- All of my favorite topics rolled into one this morning!

Quick on the heels of the Academy Awards nominations, Jessica Chastain used her acceptance speech at the 2015 Critics Choice Awards (Thursday, Jan. 15) to bring attention to the entertainment industy’s lack of diversity- specifically, “homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas.”

As Jes received the inaugural MVP Award, the A Most Violent Year actress and self-proclaimed feminist said, “Today is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, so, it got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry.”

Selma, the film about Martin Luther King Jr. leading the 1960’s voting rights marches, garnered two Oscar noms- Best Picture and Best Song. Although Ava DuVernay recently made history as the FIRST African American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe in the motion picture directing category, she was not recognized with a nomination. It pains me to type that the Academy also overlooked David Oyelowo in the category of Best Actor.

Jes ended her speech by saying, “I’m an optimist and I can’t help but feel hopeful about the future of film.  Especially looking at all these beautiful people in this room. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ And I would like to encourage everyone in this room to please speak up.”

Watch the full speech on Huffpost here.

Wanna see the list that inspired Jessica?  See below for the 2015 Academy Award Nominations-

Best Picture

“American Sniper”

“Birdman”

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Selma”

“The Theory of Everything”

“Whiplash”

Best Director

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Actor

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”

Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Jason Hall, “American Sniper”

Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Screenplay

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, “Foxcatcher”

Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Leviathan”

“Ida”

“Tangerines”

“Timbuktu”

“Wild Tales”

Best Documentary Feature

“CITIZENFOUR”

“Finding Vivian Maier”

“Last Days in Vietnam”

“The Salt in the Earth”

“Virunga”

Best Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6”

“The Boxtrolls”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”

“Song of the Sea”

“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

Film Editing

“American Sniper”

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Whiplash”

Best Song

“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”

“Glory” from “Selma”

“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”

“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”

Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”

Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”

Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”

Best Costume Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“Inherent Vice”

“Into the Woods”

“Maleficent”

“Mr. Turner”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Foxcatcher”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Production Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Interstellar”

“Into the Woods”

“Mr. Turner”

Best Sound Editing

“American Sniper”

“Birdman”

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

“Interstellar”

“Unbroken”

Best Sound Mixing

“American Sniper”

“Birdman”

“Interstellar”

“Unbroken”

“Whiplash”

Best Visual Effects

Captain America:

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

“Interstellar”

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Short Film, Live Action

“Aya”

“Boogaloo and Graham”

“Butter Lamp”

“Parvaneh”

“The Phone Call”

Best Short Film, Animated

“The Bigger Picture”

“The Dam Keeper”

“Feast”

“Me and My Moulton”

“A Single Life”

Best Documentary, Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

“Joanna”

“Our Curse”

“The Reaper”

“White Earth”

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