Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Blacks cool to Academy Awards even before #OscarsSoWhite

The largest black audience for the Academy Awards over the last dozen years came in 2005, when Chris Rock was host and Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won the top acting awards.

Rock will be back as host this year, but it's an open question how many black viewers tune in. A lack of diversity in Oscar nominations has led stars like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to say they won't attend the Academy Awards on Feb. 28.

"African-American viewers watch shows that they can relate to," said Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. "When you have African-American nominees, they're usually excited about the prospect of them winning, and they tune in in larger numbers."

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