On February 28, the #OscarsSoWhite will happen at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and — I'll save you the three hours — The Revenant will sweep every category. No racialized person will win an award for acting, because for the second year in a row, none were nominated.
But just a few days before and one block away, something more interesting will happen: Russell Simmons' All Def Digital network will present the first All Def Movie Awards, honouring Best Picture snubs Beasts Of No Nation, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, Chi-Raq, Concussion, and Dope with their own award show.
The television network Fusion has agreed to air the program as a one-hour special running opposite the Oscars. And, get this: Tony Rock, brother of 2016 Academy Award emcee Chris Rock, will host.
"The All Def Movie Awards are meant to fill a generational and cultural void — just as the MTV Movie Awards did,” All Def Digital president and CEO Sanjay Sharma said.
“I don’t expect a 90 year-old Academy member to see Straight Outta Compton or vote for it,” Russell Simmons explains. “I’m more concerned that in 2016 there continues to be a stunning lack of diversity in the studios, in the green light process, in the decisions of what films and television series get made, and what actors get chosen. This needs to be addressed institutionally."
"The All Def Movie Awards are not the Black Oscars, but they could be," continues the hip-hop/comedy mogul. "This will be a fun, entertaining and hopefully thought-provoking celebration of the uncelebrated.”
Guests will arrive on a black carpet. Beyond the typical Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Actress categories, statuettes will go out for things like Best Bad Muh Fucka, Best Helpful White Person, and Best Black Survivor in a Movie. The All Def Movie Awards aim to shade the Oscars, most definitely, but they'll broach those critical conversations with a laugh.
Viewers can tune in on Sunday, February 28th at 7 p.m. ET. The special will re-air throughout the night.
Check out the nominees in the video below: