Oscars 2016: Acting Nominees 100 Percent White, Just Like Last Year
For the 2016 Oscars, the trophies are golden, the carpet is red, and the nominated actors are white.
For the second year in a row, the Academy nominated a grand total of zero non-white thespians in the acting categories — Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.
There’s no denying the 20 white actors nominated this morning, January 13, all turned in fine performances, but critics and Twitter users alike are outraged over the exclusion of non-white Oscar-worthy performances.
Oft-cited examples include Beasts of No Nation’s Idris Elba, The Hateful Eight’s Samuel L. Jackson, Benicio del Toro in Sicario, and Michael B. Jordan in Creed.
Additionally, the critically-adored N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton also lost out on a Best Picture nomination.
“It almost seems like a sequel to last year,” Gil Robertson, president of the African American Film Critics Association, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“One would have hoped that given the nominations a film like Straight Outta Compton has received from other guilds, it would have received a Best Picture nomination … There is overlap between the Academy and the other groups. So where does the disconnect take place?"
As we reported last year, a recent study revealed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts is 93 percent white — a figure quite disproportional considering the United States is only 64 percent white, according to the most recent census.
See which white actor wins when the 88th Academy Awards air live on Sunday, February 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.