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'#OscarsSoWhite': Media Criticize Oscars for 'Snubbing Actors of Color'

By Mark Judge | January 14, 2016 | 11:43am EST
Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar nominee for Best Actor for his film "The Revenant" (AP)

The 2016 Academy Award nominations have been announced, and the media is expressing criticism that the major nominees are all white.

Here's how Entertainment Weekly reported the nominations:

For the second year in a row, every acting nominee at the Academy Awards is white. 

Oscar contenders such as Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Tessa Thompson (Creed), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), and Will Smith (Concussion) all missed out on nominations Thursday morning. Straight Outta Compton and Creed were also left off the list of Best Picture nominees.

"Black Actors and Directors Shut Out of 2016 Oscar Race," read the headline of a post by Christopher John Farley in the Wall Street Journal.

"The Academy Awards Will be Very White, Again," read the headline in the Los Angeles Times.

At msnbc.com, Adam Howard noted that black actor Idris Elba, star of "Beasts of No Nation," was not nominated. "Now Hollywood will have yet another awkward problem on their hands," Howard wrote, "and surely this year’s Oscar host, comedian Chris Rock, will not treat the snubbing of actors of color lightly."

"#OscarsSoWhite: Not a Single Performer of Color Nominated for Second Year in a Row" read the headline in the Washington Post. Reporter Emily Yahr:

How does this happen? Though money normally drives every decision n Hollywood, finances have nothing to do with this one. As The Post’s Drew Harwell reported, diverse movies make a ton of money in Hollywood, even if they are regularly ignored by prestige awards — or dubbed “surprise” hits when they rake in cash at the box office. About 73 percent of characters in the top 100 films last year were white. Harwell noted that this starts from the top, as the majority of film executives are white as well.

"Once Again, #OscarsSoWhite" announced CNN.

In 2015 the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter. It was a form of protest about what was perceived as the lack of racial diversity in the Academy Awards. 

Here is a partial list of the 2016 nominees:

BEST PICTURE

“The Big Short”

“Bridge of Spies”

“Brooklyn”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

BEST ACTOR

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

 

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