For actors of color, there won’t be much to celebrate at the Oscars on Sunday night — for the second year in a row, none were nominated. Plenty of celebrities have responded by boycotting the ceremony, with music mogul Russell Simmons even holding his own version of the awards at the same time.
The choice wasn’t that simple for Dylan Marron. The Venezuelan-American actor was best known for Welcome to Night Vale until last summer, when he started the viral Tumblr project Every Single Word, which edits down movies to only the dialogue of non-white characters. (Spoiler alert: Most clock in at mere seconds, if any.) He’s loved the Oscars since childhood, calling the ceremony “my Super Bowl.” Though he’s not much for football, “I get why people might watch it,” he says. “You’re watching people put everything on the line and compete based on merit and talent.
“What is so disheartening to me is that I would watch the Oscars as a kid and I truly thought they were honoring the best," Marron explains. "[As] I grew up and started realizing just how much goes into who even gets to be part of that group, I realized how skewed it is.”