Amid Controversy, Oscars To Introduce "Best Token Character" Award

Amid Controversy, Oscars To Introduce "Best Token Character" Award

In the wake of the #MeToo Movement, Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets, and general complaints about the lack of racial diversity in Hollywood, the Oscars have boldly announced their plan for a new award in these turbulent time. The 2019 show will bring the debut of “The Best Token Character.” 

One of the nominees for the inaugural award is The Incredibles 2 for the role of Frozone. Even when animated, and the race of characters is literally at will, the film did a great job of ensuring that the majority of the cast was white. Any sort of progressive message would have totally throw off audiences. Clearly, they made a right choice, as shown by how poorly received Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was. 

Another nominee is Green Book. This absolutely groundbreaking film stars Mahershala Ali as the only black character, I’m pretty sure. I don’t know, I didn’t watch it.

The third nominee is the newest installment in a longstanding franchise: Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Tom Cruise’s new film holds on to tradition by ensuring that there is a distinct lack of racial diversity on set. After all, wanting to include more than one black character would be pretty radical. You’d have to be crazier than a Scientologist to want to do that. 

Lastly, the frontrunner for winning the “Best Token Character” award is none other than Black Panther. The series was previously mentioned, but in this case, T’Challa is not the one being recognized. The film is nominated for Martin Freeman’s role as Everett K. Ross, the only white guy in the movie.

It’s the Academy Awards, afterall. The white guy always wins.

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