Robert Townsend and Idris Elba Speak on Black Film and The Oscar's

October 5, 2015

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 27, and the absence of African American nominees has everyone talking.

In a recent interview actor Idris Elba says he doesn't care much for the Oscars. “The Oscars wasn't designed for us… Let's focus on making more films,” he said.

Black Tree Media caught up with Robert Townsend on the red carpet at the “Eye on Black”: A Salute to Director’s dinner on Feb 25, which was held at the California African American Museum (CAAM). Townsend's thoughts on the absence of African Americans at this year's Oscar's is that it has to do with a combination of what some are calling a “blackout” and the need for us to make better films. “If there's not a whole lot of opportunity going on, then we don't have a whole lot of films that are in there…. So, I just think… we need help on a lot of levels.”