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The stereotypical black roles required to win; #OscarsSoWhite

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Consider: In the history of the Oscars, 10 black women have been nominated for best actress, and nine of them played characters who are homeless or might soon become so.

All 10 performances for which black women have received best-actress nominations involve poor or lower-income characters, and half of those are penniless mothers.

A few more commonalities to note: Seven of the 10 best-actress nominees played characters with absent or incarcerated husbands, boyfriends, or fathers. And six of the characters suffer physical abuse, with five of them being raped.

The academy has tended to honor black men for different sorts of roles, and it has honored them more often. Black men have been up for best actor 20 times, with four nominations going to Denzel Washington, three to Morgan Freeman, and two each to Sidney Poitier and Mr. Smith.

Thirteen of the recognized performances involve being arrested or incarcerated.

From the NY Times.