Analysis Of The Movie ' The Washington Won An Oscar For Training Day '

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Though Denzel Washington won an Oscar for Training Day in 2001, Sexton contends that this was merely an “awkward…cultural redress” for the lack of proper acknowledgement regarding his work in “respectable” black roles, such as Malcolm X (40). By rewarding a rather stereotypically fraught performance with the highest acting honor, the Academy sends a rather disturbing message regarding what they “deem accomplished black cinema” (45). Though Fuqua is a black director who “may call the shots,” the “financial underwriters…have the first and final word;” and unfortunately, “production…remains firmly a white monopoly” (48; 47). With Hollywood maintaining an overly “white-washed” executive head, we are rewarded with black representations that merely “conform to whites’ images of blacks” (qtd. 47). These representations paint blacks as inferior to their white counterparts, exploit black sexuality, and tie black presence to state peril while white presence is equated with protection and moral superiority. The comparison between Training Day and In the Heat of the Night reminds us that, though forty years apart, the only black “Best Actor[s]” have been detectives portrayed as inferior to their white counterparts. The Sheriff only acknowledges Tibbs’ title as detective “after it is confirmed by Tibbs’ presumptively white captain in Philadelphia” (43). In Training Day, Jake “snatches Alonzo’s badge from his neck” and proclaims, “You don’t deserve this,” removing Alonzo’s object of…

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