Richard Pryor’s Prescient Pre-Twitter Statements Regarding The Oscars

In advance of this year’s very white Oscars it’s sobering to read that infamous comedian Richard Pryor called it way back when.

In 1977, Pryor dryly exclaimed “I am here tonight. To explain why black people. Will never be nominated for anything.”

With Selma grabbing a Best Picture nomination but nary else, and frontrunners including the contested Birdman (some thing it’s great, most think it’s crap), it’s clear that this years noms are a whiteout.

Keep an eye out for Twitter’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag tonight but also don’t forget to follow Frisky’s own Amelia who will be live tweeting her takes @xoAmelia.