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.