The ongoing fight for representation

In other Oscars-related news, a round of applause and standing ovation for the world’s most prestigious film awards for finally reaching 20th century levels of inclusivity. This year’s Oscars saw a record of 15 women winning 17 awards for sound, production design, original screenplay and documentary feature.

But not all South Africans made us proud. Margaret Gardiner, the former Miss SA who became our first Miss Universe back in 1978, is now a journalist working with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). She has taken to Twitter to defend herself for mistaking one black man for another. 

She claims a Zoom technical glitch was responsible for her seemingly confusing Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya with fellow black actor Leslie Odom Jr during questions in the Academy press room. The HFPA itself, which is responsible for the Golden Globes, has not had a single black journalist among its 87 members since 2002, Variety has reported. We’ve pointed out other problems with this body in our video take, here

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.