I read this strange article on CNN.com about the lack of diversity this year at the Oscars... Now I've seen 4 of the five movies featuring a best actor, sorry Javier Bardem you're not included in this rant (wait, isn't he Spanish?)
Okay, here's my problem with these types of articles... Does it really matter who are nominated if they are the best... Are we going to have to include the best racial character every year to keep up some sort of quota? I have seen True Grit, 127 Hours, The Social Network, and The King's Speech now and the roles up for best actor are incredibly diverse. James Franco displayed all the signs of desperation, fear and emotion you would expect if you were trying to cut off your arm. Jeff Bridges took the role of 'Rooster' Cockburn in True Grit, a role that won John Wayne his only Oscar. His 'Rooster' had all the makings of a rough around the edges law man in the twilight of his career, boozing and shooting his way through the wild west. Colin Firth played a man with deep-rooted emotional issues in The King's Speech, a man unable to speak without stammering. Jesse Eisenberg's Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network was smart and detached while he and his friend created most popular website in the world, a characterization that danced the line of a high-functioning Aspergers person.
Each of these roles were different: you've got a one-armed hiker, a stuttering king, a computer programmer, an old marshall (grit included), and whatever Javier Bardem was doing in Biutiful (but seriously he's just too handsome and Spanish all he has to do is speak in an accent and drop a tear or two and he's set.) I guess you could have nominated Denzel Washington for Unstoppable or The Book of Eli as the affirmative action vote, but was he as good as the other five people nominees?
I can't wait to see Franco host the Oscars, he can be pretty darn funny when he wants to be.