The 87th annual Oscar nominations were announced early Thursday morning.
Take a look at the light-skinned faces of this year’s Best Actress nominees:
Now look at the Best Actor nominees:
And the Best Director noms:
One thing all of the nominees have in common? The colour of their skin — white.
And it doesn’t stop there. The Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories both look like the same 50 shades of white:
After the nominations were announced, people immediately noticed the lack of diversity among the nominees.
On Twitter, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite quickly blew up with people making “yo mama”-like jokes:
A few pointed out that Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who announced the noms, is actually black:
Isaacs was forced to respond to the nominations’ lack of diversity shortly after they were announced.
When Vulture asked Isaacs whether the organisation has a problem with recognising diversity, she replied, “Not at all. Not at all.”
While last year’s Oscars were more diverse than past years (“12 Years A Slave” won Best Picture and Lupita Nyong’o Best Supporting Actress), many found this year’s lack of colour especially troubling because there was a film worthy of the accolades — “Selma,” about Martin Luther King Jr.’s monumental Civil Rights March in Selma, Alabama.
Many expected “Selma” director, Ava DuVernay, would make history this year as the first black woman nominated for Best Director. She was snubbed. The film did earn a Best Picture nomination, but “Selma” breakout star David Oyelowo also failed to receive a Best Actor nod.
Vulture asked Isaacs about the seeming “Selma” snub:
“Well, it’s a terrific motion picture, and that we can never and should not take away from it, the fact that it is a terrific motion picture,” she said. “There are a lot of terrific motion pictures, it’s a very competitive time, and there’s a lot of great work that has been done. I am very happy that Selma is included in our eight terrific motion-picture [nominations].”
There’s clearly a diversity and gender divide within the Academy. According to one report, Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male.
Media Diversified posted this graphic showing even more scary stats:
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