OscarsSoWhite: Academy takes flak again for all-white actor nominations

For a second year in a row, the organization behind the Oscars is taking flak on social media for failing to nominate a person of colour in any of its acting categories.

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Twitter users hammered the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to vent their frustrations over a lack of diversity among the nominations.

All 20 individuals nominated for acting awards are white, as are all of the nominees for Best Director except "The Revenant" director Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

This marks the second year in a row that the Academy has not included a single black person in its nominations. Last year, the lack of black nominees helped spawn the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag that returned with a vengeance on Thursday.

This year, the anger stems from perceived slights to "Straight out of Compton" and "Creed."

As one individual pointed out on Twitter, the only people nominated for those movies were white. Sylvester Stallone earned a Best Supporting Actor nod for his return as Rocky Balboa, and white writers Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff received a Best Original Screenplay nomination for "Straight Outta Compton."

On Twitter, one woman said the Oscars are so white, "black people can't even get nominated for the movies about black people."

#OscarsSoWhite that Rocky got nominated in a movie about Apollo Creed's son.

— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) January 14, 2016

#OscarsSoWhite you need snow goggles to read the nominee list pic.twitter.com/pyOPMxrJtP

— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) January 14, 2016

What do you *mean* there's no diversity at the Oscars? #OscarNoms#OscarsSoWhitepic.twitter.com/KJJwX1qn6g

— Mark S. Luckie (@marksluckie) January 14, 2016

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

#OscarsSoWhite Before you ask.... pic.twitter.com/osNSC3i2rW

— JAPSPEPORJ FENWAY (@SidizenKane) January 14, 2016

Several people said they hope Oscars host Chris Rock will acknowledge the disparity at some point during the awards show.

Chris Rock is going to have a field day with this. #Oscars#OscarsSoWhite

— ?ecca (@MJStarLover) January 14, 2016

@BlackGirlNerds If nothing else, it gives Chris Rock a lot of material to work with. #OscarsSoWhite

— JCH (@crossland68) January 14, 2016

Seriously cannot wait for Chris Rock's opening #oscarssowhite monologue.

— Scott Beggs (@scottmbeggs) January 14, 2016

I knew the #OscarsSoWhite months ago when they announced Chris Rock was going to host. How else were they going black people interested?

— Darian Robbins (@Darian_Robbins) January 14, 2016

A five minute opening by brilliant Chris Rock will not make up for over 80 years of erasure of marginalized communities. #OscarsSoWhite

— April (@ReignOfApril) January 14, 2016

I got a sneak peek at @chrisrock at the #OscarsSoWhite rehearsal y'all: pic.twitter.com/AuNQH7pHkw

— #TeamBlackPanther (@DeleMage) January 14, 2016

Two black actors were nominated for film acting awards at this year's Golden Globes. Will Smith was nominated in the Best Actor – Drama category for "Concussion," and Idris Elba was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Beasts of No Nation." Neither actor won in their category.

Much of the outrage in 2015 sprang from a perceived slight to "Selma," the civil rights-focused film from black female director Ava DuVernay.

At least one non-white person was nominated in an acting category every year from 1998-2014.



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