Immediately following the announcement of this year’s Oscar’s nominations, a new hashtag popped off on twitter, #OscarsSoWhite.
Unfortunately, no black actors were nominated for any of the 20 slots in the four acting categories. The Hollywood Reporter reports,
The Academy has made a concerted effort to diversify its own membership, inviting 322 new members this past July that included Selma star David Oyelowo, British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who appears in Concussion, and Compton director F. Gary Gray. And Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has also announced a new initiative called A2020 to further diversify the Academy itself and also encourage the industry to open up more opportunities for women and minorities.
When it comes to voting its annual awards, the Academy is at the mercy of the industry itself and whatever films are produced and released in a given year.
This year, only a handful of awards-caliber films focused on black stories, like Compton or the African-set Beasts of No Nation, or featured black actors in prominent roles like Will Smith in Concussion, Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight.
See a few #OscarsSoWhite tweets below:
— Elizabeth DiEmanuele (@EDiemanuele) January 14, 2016
— #3BlackgeeksDMV (@3BlackGeeks) January 14, 2016
— Jen (@jdwattley) January 14, 2016
And the Oscar goes to… white privilege. White Privilege starred in a basic movie and is coasting by on their whiteness. #OscarsSoWhite
— Amber Wright (@amberdionna147) January 14, 2016
— Joe Fryer (@joefryer) January 14, 2016
Congratulations to all the white people nominated for Oscars! #OscarsSoWhite
— Kia Makarechi (@Kia_Mak) January 14, 2016
— John Horn (@JGHorn) January 14, 2016
Dear Academy, #OscarsSoWhite? Again? In a year with CREED, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, and BEASTS OF NO NATION? What more did you need?
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 14, 2016
The proof was @ the Globes. Taraji P. Henson waited 20 years for a nomination&/win Lady Gaga wins her first year(s)acting. #OscarsSoWhite
— Nontobeko (@NontzMkhize) January 14, 2016
Click here for the complete list of nominees. P.S. Is diversity still an issue in Hollywood?