The magazine takes the blame for the omission, but also blames studios for putting much of an effort to look a more diverse acting pool of talent.
Eight of the most acclaimed actresses grace the cover of the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and there isn’t a minority in the bunch.
The lack of diversity, the magazine explained, is merely a reflection of this year’s pool of Academy Award contenders.
“The awful truth is there are no minority actresses in genuine contention for an Oscar this year,” wrote Stephen Galloway, THR’s executive editor of features.
The cover features a mix of current Oscar contenders and previous best actress winners: Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Carey Mulligan, Kate Winslet, Brie Larson and Jane Fonda.
It’s a part of THR’s “roundtable” series, which Galloway described as a “defining element of [THR’s] awards coverage through the Emmy and Oscar seasons.”
In his essay, which was published Wednesday, Galloway took a plaintive view on the subject. He celebrated the women featured on the cover, calling them “eight of the most talented actresses alive.” But Galloway said he couldn’t “ignore the fact that every one of these women was white — whether old or young, English, Australian or American.”
“That was appalling,” Galloway wrote.
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