The Worrying Oscars Hashtag Sweeping The Internet
Uh oh, it’s happening again.
The list of Oscars nominees has been released and the list is, well… disappointing.
Don’t get me wrong, the list of stars is incredible - with the talent pool including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Eddie Redmayne, Kate Winslet and our very own Cate Blanchett, just to name a few.
However, it’s become blaringly obvious that for the second consecutive year, no minorities were nominated in any of the four acting categories.
Just a year after the critically acclaimed “Selma” was snubbed by academy voters, sparking protests, actors of colour are again being ignored in 2016.
Twitter is in uproar, with many people bringing back last year’s hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, which is said to have been started by April Reign, Editor-At-Large of NuTribe Magazine.
"It's actually worse than last year. Best Documentary and Best Original Screenplay. That's it. #OscarsSoWhite," tweeted April.
It's actually worse than last year. Best Documentary and Best Original Screenplay. That's it. #OscarsSoWhite— April (@ReignOfApril) January 14, 2016
Idris Elba was apparently expected to score a nomination for his performance as an African warlord in “Beasts of No Nation,” but was left out.
The thing about #OscarsSoWhite this year is that they really had options. CREED, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, BEASTS OF NO NATION. But: nada.— Morgan Leigh Davies (@MLDavies) January 14, 2016
Other hopefuls such as "Concussion" star Will Smith, "Creed" star Michael B. Jordan, that movie's writer-director, Ryan Coogler, and the cast of N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" were also passed over.
Now, the new hashtag is #OscarsStillSoWhite, with some people noting the irony of black comedian Chris Rock presiding over a February 28 ceremony in which no minority actors are honoured.