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.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 14, 2016
Just a year after the critically acclaimed “Selma” was snubbed by academy voters, sparking protests, actors of colour are again being ignored in 2016.
— Mic (@micnews) January 14, 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.
— Emily Gagne (@emilygagne) January 14, 2016