After reading many, and participating in few, spirited Facebook exchanges regarding Meryl Streep going home with the Oscar instead of Viola Davis...I walked away pretty perplexed with a few of the comments I ran across.
This really stood out to me:
But perhaps it was Viola herself who most hurt her chances of winning Best Actress when, during her months-long Academy Award campaign, she made a point of taking a stand and lifting her voice about what black actresses face in the still lily-white Hollywood. Every time she found herself in front of a microphone, Viola reminded all those within the sound of her voice that times are still hard for black girls in Hollywood, where roles for African American women with dark skin and outside-the-mainstream beauty are sparse, underdeveloped, and meant solely to help white actors and actresses shine. She made a point, though, of acknowledging that despite Hollywood’s faults—despite the odds—a black actress who masters her craft can make any portrayal, whether it’s as a maid, a crack addict, a wise BFF or a love-starved single mother who doubles as the president, will be masterful at her job.
In other words, Viola Davis didn’t play the game; she called Hollywood on its bull, reminded everyone that she’s total badass at what she does, and showed up on the red carpet as her beautiful, natural self—chocolate, glistening and wearing her short, red-tinted afro, with her beautiful, chocolate glistening husband at her side. And honestly, I couldn’t be more proud of her for lifting her voice, being sure of her talent and beauty and insisting that we all get on board and accept her for being exactly who she is.
A friend, whom I respect, typed that verbatim from this article: Viola Davis and The Oscars: Anatomy Of A Best Actress Snub
I'm curious as to what you guys think about this. I mean...I saw both movies, "The Help" and "The Iron Lady." Meryl Streep DID.THAT. I mean...she BECAME Margaret Thatcher. Viola is, obviously a talented actress too. I mean hey...even Meryl Streep says that.
Couldn't it have been as simple Meryl's performance was so good that she deserved the award?
What say you?