The Academy Announces The First Wave Of 2016 Oscar Presenters


While the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards are as white as freshly fallen show, the first wave of presenters not so much so. Definitely not #oscarssowhite action going on here. Wisely, the Academy has chosen a diverse list of personalities.

“Each of these artists bring a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”

When I say diverse, I mean diverse. You have black, white, young, old, gay, straight, American and international stars in the mix. Check out the first round of presenters below.

88th Academy Awards Presenters

  • Benicio Del Toro
  • Tina Fey
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Kevin Hart
  • Lady Gaga
  • Sam Smith
  • Charlize Theron
  • Jacob Tremblay
  • The Weeknd
  • Pharrell Williams
  • ifudjo

    I’m not Asian so I can’t speak for them. I was more offended by how bad the episode was than by the characters portrayed.

    I feel like it’s the same as portraying a gay character as over-the-top, which I’m not offended by. Portraying a gay character as a pedophile on the other hand would clearly be terribly offensive.

  • Jek

    Well, I am Asian and I don’t think this is offensive. I don’t know, it just seems like people get so offended over ANYTHING nowadays, and also, most of these people who are “outraged” are just joining the bandwagon. This is the problem of social media, now every idiot has a platform.

  • Steven

    It’s weird because I’m asian and I didnt find it racist, at first. But when I thought about it, I just realized how asian culture has been so stereotyped and appropriated to white culture, that it wouldn’t be offense. You know if they had done any type of African American themed episode that relied on stereotypical dress and film, people would be upset. So I understand why people are upset. I do think people get offended easily, but I do understand this case, especially when people know very little about real asian culture.

  • J

    People calling this racism must be bored.

    I will say though, Bays should be giving us a formal apology on how horrible this season is. The show’s lost its touch.

  • Russ

    When stereotypes are so over-the-top and blatant, they get everyone’s attention, but I think we’re less likely to buy in and actually believe them.
    Sweet but slightly-racist relatives of mine say things like, “of course she’s on the honour roll! She’s asian”, and that worries me far more than silly Kung Fu stuff.

  • Justin

    the very fact of calling this racist towards Asians or an Asian themed episode is what makes it so racist. encompassing one group of people as Asian and not taking into consideration the many different cultures within Asian countries is offensive.
    Erasing whole groups of cultures or generalizing whole groups of of people is what should be questioned.

  • Byyong

    So are you offened if i generalise you as human?