Chinonye Chukwu, the writer and director of “Till,” has lashed out after she failed to get a nomination by claiming that her movie didn’t make the cut due to racism.
Chukwu is accusing Hollywood of “upholding whiteness and perpetuating misogyny towards black women” by not nominating her film.
She took to Instagram to make allegations of racism, supposedly toward the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Chukwu said: “We live in a world and work in industries that are so aggressively committed to upholding whiteness and perpetuating an unabashed misogyny towards black women.
“And yet. I am forever in gratitude for the greatest lesson of my life – regardless of any challenges or obstacles, I will always have the power to cultivate my own joy, and it is this joy that will continue to be one of my greatest forms of resistance.”
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Resistance? She hit the jackpot when her movie was made in Hollywood. Insanity.
Chukwu failed to note in her rant that her movie has only received mediocre reviews, with “Till” only scoring 7.2 out of 10 on IMDB.
Nor did she mention that it has only made $9.9 million at the box office since its release on October 1, 2022, despite costing $20M to produce.
Not exactly award-winning numbers.
Whoopi Goldberg, who produced and starred in the film, was more gracious about the lack of nominations.
“Before we start off, we just want to celebrate the talented artists and filmmakers who were nominated for Oscars this morning.
“Unfortunately, my film, Till, was not nominated, but we do want to congratulate all the nominees because many of them have been here and it’s wonderful to say congrats, so that’s what we’ll do.”