Yeah, I've seen a few posts, even on this message board, that have said that the only reason so many minority performers have been nominated was political. Your comment is the first that I've read about Streep being "rewarded" for her anti-Trump stance, and I don't see that happening. In fact, I would guess that she receives less votes than any of the other nominees for Best Actress this year, not for political reasons, but simply because there has been more positive word-of-mouth about the other nominees. The winner will be Huppert or Portman.
The "asterisk" talk is unfortunate, but not unexpected after the brouhaha last year. I just hope producers continue to make as many films with diverse casts and diverse storylines that every year has an abundance of performances to choose from.
I did read an editorial somewhere, maybe HuffPost, where the author (who was black) was lamenting this year's nominees not because of lack of diversity but rather for the fact that most if not all nominated roles were those that had to be played by a minority performer. He feels that true equality won't arrive until there are more race-neutral roles given to minorities, and then those get recognized in awards season. My only argument with that is that most "award-bait" films are based on true stories, which by definition come with race-casting requirements.
Oh please give me a break- first I dislike this "people of color" label which sounds both retro and insulting- so a black actor must be nominated for a role that is not a "black role"? Define not a black role? This is same dumb thinking that labels the Ryan Gosling character from "La La Land" racist because he wants to save jazz- hmm because you know white people like Dave Brubeck are not of the right color to appreciate jazz. If an actor is going to play a historical character like the women in "Hidden Fences" the entire point of the movie is the struggle they faced because they were women and black! Color blind casting usually works in theater but film by it's nature is a more realistic medium. If someone had made " Fences" with an all white cast there would have been an outrage from the politically correct police.