Oscar nominations once again shut actors of color out of the industry’s biggest honors.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 14, 2016) (REUTERS) – Hollywood loves a sequel, but on Thursday (January 14) it was an unwelcome one when people of color were shut out of all the Oscar acting races. Again.
All the 20 lead and supporting actor and actress nominees were white as for the second straight year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences overlooked critically-acclaimed movies featuring black actors and directors.
Hip-hop hit movie “Straight Outta Compton” failed to get a place in the best picture category, and the Twitter hashtag #Oscarssowhite, which sprung up a year ago, was quickly revived.
Will Smith (“Concussion”), Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”), and Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”) were among those thought to be in the running for a nomination but left out.
“There will be a big controversy about diversity from this morning’s nominations. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ got one nomination, no Idris Elba, no Samuel L. Jackson, no Michael B. Jordan, no Will Smith, and I think there will be some negative reaction to that,” said Hollywood entertainment writer Jeanne Wolf.
Former NFL player turned filmmaker Matthew Cherry posted a photograph to Twitter showing a man squinting to read a small piece of paper with the caption: “Looking for a name of a person of color in these #OscarNoms like…”
German-born film director Lexi Alexander tweeted: #OscarsSoWhite you need snow goggles to read the nominee list.
Kyle Buchanan of New York Magazine posted a tweet that read: Idris Elba! Michael B. Jordan! Jason Mitchell! Mya Taylor! Tessa Thompson! Benicio Del Toro! Abraham Atta! Will Smith! Like…really?
The Oscars, chosen by the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will be handed out on February 28.