Another year, and another all white Oscar ballot.  There were ZERO people of color nominated for best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, or best supporting actress and there were ZERO films featuring African American actors nominated in the best picture category.

Films driven by black actors and directors were nominated this time around; however, it was for the work of their white colleagues. Despite Universal Pictures’ major awards campaign for “Straight Outta Compton,” neither the director, F. Gary Gray, nor any of its black lead actors were nominated.  The only nomination for “Straight Outta Compton” (Best Screenplay) went to a self-described “white Jewish gay guy from Connecticut” and his writing partner, Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff.

Sylvester Stallone was nominated for supporting actor for his performance in “Creed,” but the film’s black writer-director, Ryan Coogler, and star, Michael B. Jordan, were not.

Even though our country is growing more diverse, Hollywood seems to be moving backwards. Somehow, the Academy managed to go almost two decades without whitewashing the acting fields; however, it has now happened two years in a row.  As soon as the nominations were released, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite began trending on Twitter once again.  Last year, #OscarsSoWhite lit up the Twitter-sphere, due to omission of actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay from “Selma,” but the imbalance carries into the majority of categories due to lack of opportunity.

Idris Elba received rave reviews for his performance in “Beasts of No Nation,” and Will Smith received lots of attention for his role in “Concussion,” but neither earned an Oscar nomination. Benicio Del Toro was also passed over for his acclaimed performance in “Sicario.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has pledged to increase diversity efforts through the initiative of A2020, which “aims to promote more diversity of age, gender, race, national origin and point-of-view, in Hollywood over the next five years.”

“When it comes to fair and equal representation in our industry, words are are not enough,” the Academy president said. “We also have a responsibility to take action and we have a unique opportunity to do so now.” –Academy President, Cheryl Boone Issacs

If you are interested in the Oscar nominations for 2016, the list is below, and be sure to clear your calendar for this decidedly white affair which is to air on Feb 28th (At least we have Chris rock to look forward to).

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

“Earned It” 50 Shades of Grey

“Manta Ray” Racing Extinction

“Simple Song #3″ Youth

“Til it Happens to You” The Hunting Ground

“Writing’s On the Wall” Spectre

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

BEST DOCUMENTARY — FEATURE:

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year Old Man

The Revenant

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT:

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Ok

Stutter

BEST SOUND EDITING:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SOUND MIXING:

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST FILM EDITING:

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep

When Marnie Was There

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Sicario

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

Embrace of the Serpent

Mustang

Son of Saul

Theeb

A War

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

BEST ACTRESS:

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST ACTOR:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

BEST DIRECTOR:

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

BEST PICTURE:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

 

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