Diversity Crisis in Middle-Earth: Orcs Again Excluded from Oscar Nominations


Cries of outrage could again be heard from the Plateau of Gorgoroth to Mount Gundabad in the Misty Mountains as another entire race was again excluded from Hollywood’s top awards ceremony. Orc-kind now joins the Black community in being completely excluded from Film Acting’s Highest Awards.

“It’s just really upsetting to be cast aside again” remarked Gothmog the Lieutenant of Morgul, who had appeared in numerous films from The Big Short to Son of Saul, “I really thought the age of man was over. But I guess the time of the orc will have to come next year”.

The Orc race constitutes about 25-30% of Middle Earth, although this number has been called into question due to racial stereotypes. Many Census Bureau surveyors make up numbers due to a perception of Orcs being “too aggressive and warlike”. Many Orcs refute this statement as outdated and point to numerous roles in society and in films where they played characters that embodied traits that were in the past reserved for elves, dwarfs, and even wizards. Despite this, Orcs have never received or been nominated for any roles at the Academy Awards or Golden Globes.

Such discrimination has brought some Orcs to action. Uglúk, an Uruk-hai from Isengard, has started a boycott of the Awards and called for massive changes to the structure and nominating process. “We can no longer stand by idly as the Academy continues to discriminate against us”, Uglúk stated in a press release, “I call upon all Orcs, Easterlings, and other allies to join us in solidarity and boycott the Awards this year. Please use the hashtag #OrcAwardsNow to help spread the word on social media”. Azog the Defiler has been a vocal dissident to this approach and has organized direct action with other tribes of Orcs to initiate raiding parties on the settlements in Hithaeglir.

In time hopefully all races and groups of people will be represented in the Academy. Hopefully the Academy will work to make its membership more representative of all races and groups of people.

–Jennifer Holt


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