For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has failed to nominate any actors of color for an award.
You’re probably not surprised ...
The Oscars aren't known for being very diverse, although they tend to placate minorities by throwing in some black nominees here and there.
An issue that has garnered a lot of attention this year is the upsetting Straight Outta Compton snub.
Despite the fact that many people of color were involved in making the critically acclaimed biopic about the rise and fall of the rap group N.W.A — the movie was only nominated for “Best Original Screenplay” which recognizes the work of two white screenwriters, Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman.
straight outta compton deserved more oscar nominations, it was critically acclaimed, got amazing reviews, broke box office records....— laura (@laurajmaxwell) January 14, 2016
Straight Outta Compton & Creed were 2 of the most successful and critically acclaimed movies of 2015. And the industry doesn't care..— Aaron Busby (@MrBusby4o8) January 14, 2016
Straight Outta Compton had like four of the best performances of the year in that ensemble cast. Can't say I'm shocked though #OscarsSoWhite— Amanda (@itsamandaross) January 14, 2016
"But what about 'Straight Outta Compton’ for Best Screenplay?" Two white folks wrote it. #OscarsSoWhite— Charles Pulliam (@CharlesPulliam) January 14, 2016
I mean, even the nominees for Straight Outta Compton appear to be all white? #OscarsSoWhite— Annalisa Merelli (@missanabeem) January 14, 2016
What’s more frustrating than the amazing cast not being nominated is the fact that the film isn’t nominated for "Best Picture" or "Best Director" even though it was the highest-grossing movie from an African-American director.
A nod in at least one of those major categories would have given credence to the academy’s empty promise to increase diversity.
"This organization is committed to increasing the diversity of voices, opinions and experiences,” African-American academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs claimed last year.
Those efforts, however, appear almost nonexistent when considering the nominations from the past two years.
This year was undeniably huge for black actors in film. Creed starring Michael B. Jordan (who also should have been nominated for Fruitvale Station), Beasts Of No Nation starring Idris Elba, and even Concussion starring Will Smith were expected to be contenders in this year's Academy Awards. Alas, the nominations have disappointed us once again.
Despite fantastic performances from Michael B. Jordan, the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast and Idris Elba, all 20 nominated actors are white.— Madeline Berg (@MadelinePBerg) January 14, 2016
Another slap in the face is that black comedian Chris Rock is slated to host the show on Feb. 28.
It's as if they decided to ask the funny, respected black guy to host in an effort to ease the blow from all the snubs. "There you go, that's all the 'diversity' you get from us."
This isn't to say that the actors and films that were nominated are undeserving but the racial disparity is disturbing, frustrating, and just plain unfair.
Unfortunately, minority communities have come to expect to be largely ignored by the Oscars and other predominantly "white" award shows.
In the words of Ice Cube, who responded to the snub in an interview posted by TMZ, "We ain’t worried about it. We good, though."
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