#OscarNotSoWhite This Year? Think Again

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Then 2017 Oscar nominations may be more diverse from last year’s but they still do not embody true diversity.

This year’s Oscar nominees include six actors of color (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Denzel Washington and Ruth Negga) in major acting categories — a record highest ever.

But does that mean the controversy of #OscarSoWhite is over? Not so!

Then 2017 Oscar nominations may be more diverse from last year’s but they still do not embody true diversity — and it is evident from the lack of Asian, Latino and Native American actors.

A lot of viewers have pointed out the fact that inclusiveness does not simply mean representation of black actors but of other races as well. This year, Dev Patel is the third Indian actor to ever receive an Oscar nomination for his role in “Lion.”

As for women, they were woefully underrepresented in the non-acting categories. In fact, only four women have ever been nominated for best director —Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow — and only Bigelow received the Academy award for “The Hurt Locker.”

The Academy still has a long way to go before it truly embraces diversity.

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