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#OscarsSoWhite: No Actors Of Color Got Oscar Nominations This Year

Some things change, and others just stay the same.

The 2016 Oscar nominees were announced Thursday morning, and not a single black actor was selected. In no time, journalists and the general public began to air out their grievances with Hollywood as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for their lack of diversity. The hailstorm of criticism can be followed under the resurrected #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, which was inspired by last year’s less-than-colorful nominee list.

Among the films that many felt included talent who deserved nominations were Creed, Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton. Ironically, Straight Outta Compton did manage to snag a nod in the Original Screenplay category; however, the screenwriters for the film are a white man and a white woman.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs did address the lack of representation at last year’s show in a statement. “The Academy has no power over Hollywood. We have nothing to do with hiring. […] What we can do, however, is to get them to widen their normal stream of thought,” she said at the time.

It will be interesting to see how the Academy will try to explain this away this year.oscar tweet1oscar tweet2oscar tweet3


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6 comments

  1. I will keep saying it, black people should leave white people alone! Leave them alone! This will continue to happen! Make your own movies, (not Madea and the likes) make your own Oscars and be proud of that! Imagine if they actually owned and controlled their own everything from movies to music to sports too! Just leave white people alone

    • The award shows – the Oscars et al – are not a white people thing. It’s a Hollywood thing. And Hollywood is an industry of whites and blacks. So you see why the outrage is appropriate.

      • They aren’t suppose to be a white thing……. Isn’t it looking like it right now? The outrage hasn’t and won’t change anything! I wouldn’t even care if the black person in the movies were painted with blackface! I maintain that black people should leave white people alone!

  2. I swear, if the Oscars got any whiter, it’d be the light at the end of the tunnel. Except it wouldn’t be guiding coloured actors to liberation.

  3. *Indifferent shrug*

    • Chop knuckle my brother. I’ve become indifferent to these things, every year it’s the same story. I won’t even care about the award show itself. Well, that’s except if Leo finally wins.

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