The first step to change is keeping an open mind. It’s often said that we need to become the change that we want to see in the world, and the future of the entertainment industry is no different. Putting more attention on the underdogs and up-and-comings will be much more rewarding when we see the results with time.
“As long as everyone keeps an open eye and an open heart… I think things are gonna change.” Richard remarks, keeping his hopes up for the future. He’s addressed the causes, effects, and solutions of the inequality within our industry, and still has positive vibes for the future. It isn’t hard to see the optimism in his views. Changes are being made every day, from well known producer J. J. Abrams announcing his plans to expand the diversity quota at his company Bad Robot, to the Academy itself expanding their roster of multi-racial awards candidates, adjustments are being made. They are coming slow and steady, but surely and honorably.
“It’s gonna take time,” and time is something we have. The industry isn’t going anywhere. Every year, more movies are being released, more money is being made at the box office than ever before, and diversity is seeping through in every area. Oscar nominated cinematographers, writers, directors, producers, and especially actors, are on the rise, and they are much more colorful than the bundle of nominees criticized in 2015 and 2016.
Even if the #OscarsSoWhite movement is over, it’s effect on the industry will continue to linger and it will be evident in the future changes. The public has no intention of letting Hollywood get away with inequality. As people, we are all standing together to be treated equally. It reminds us that film, much like many other communities in the world, is about the people.
“There’s a lot of people who already believe in diversity, and believe strongly in it, who are moving their way forward… and it’ll get there in time, I believe.”