Oscars So White: Actors of Color Out of the Industry's Biggest Honors

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Oscars winners and results 2016 - LIVE

Global Gathering — With one look at the 20 actors that were nominated for this year’s Oscars, it’s easy to wonder - where is the diversity in Hollywood? This is the second year in a row where minorities have been overlooked. Last year’s awards host Neil Patrick Harris called out the Academy’s failure to recognize minorities when he opened the Oscars with the quip, “Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest -- sorry brightest.”

It has been surmised that one of the reasons that black actors, writers, producers or directors have not often been recognized is due to to the membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Of the more than 6200 Oscar voters, 94% are white and most of them are older men.

As writer Mark Harris posted on Twitter, “The older, white, male votership doesn't hate women, gays, black people. They're just not as interested in their/our stories.”

Telling those stories with their outstanding performances were Idris Elba and Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson (Creed),Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), Will Smith and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion), Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor (Tangerine), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), and the ensemble cast of Straight Outta Compton. Yet the Academy didn’t nominate any of the actors.

In an L.A. Times article, producer and academy member Stephanie Allain wondered how “Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” were overlooked, “For the two black movies that made over $100 million at the box office, touched a nerve and are artistically fresh, only white people were nominated. How does that work?”

Another reason cited is that just not enough roles go to people of color. Minorities represented 46% of U.S. moviegoers in 2014, according to a report by the Motion Picture Association of America yet nearly three-quarters of the top 100 grossing movies of 2014 showcased white characters, based on a study by the University of Southern California.

Whatever the reason may be, the Academy will need to do better. The Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite emerged last year when only white actors were recognized and was quickly revived this year.

"In a year with an extraordinary number of great performances by black actors that were embraced by audiences and embraced by critics, for them all to get ignored is tragic,” American writer, film director, and producer Reginald Hudlin told the Associated Press. He will produce the February 28 awards ceremony hosted by comedian Chris Rock.

The academy's president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, also expressed her disappointment to the Associated Press that Compton was overlooked for a nomination. But Isaacs, who is black, added that diversity in the entertainment industry is coming, albeit slowly, “What is important is that this entire conversation of diversity is here and we are talking about it,'” she said.

Best actor nominees

Leonardo DiCaprio, who has yet to win an Oscar, will compete with Bryan Cranston in Hollywood blacklist tale Trumbo, Matt Damon in space adventure The Martian, Michael Fassbender as technology visionary Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne as transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.
Bryan Cranston: Trumbo
Matt Damon: The Martian
Michael Fassbender: Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne: The Danish Girl
Leonardo DiCaprio: The Revenant

Best actor nominees: Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne, and Leonardo DiCaprio — Reuters

Best actress nominees

In the best actress category, previous Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence return to the race this year. Blanchett was nominated for her role in lesbian romance Carol, and Lawrence for playing the Miracle Mop inventor in Joy. They will compete against Brie Larson for psychological thriller Room, Charlotte Rampling for British drama 45 Years and Saoirse Ronan for immigrant tale Brooklyn.
Brie Larson: Room
Saoirse Ronan: Brooklyn
Charlotte Rampling: 45 Years
Jennifer Lawrence: Joy
Cate Blanchett: Carol

Best actress nominees: Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett — Reuters

Best supporting actor nominees

Mark Rylance: Bridge of Spies
Christian Bale: The Big Short
Tom Hardy: The Revenant
Sylvester Stallone: Creed
Mark Ruffalo: Spotlight

Best supporting actor nominees: Mark Rylance, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Sylvester Stallone and Mark Ruffalo — Reuters

Best supporting actress nominees

Alicia Vikander: The Danish Girl
Rachel McAdams: Spotlight
Rooney Mara: Carol
Kate Winslet: Steve Jobs
Jennifer Jason Leigh: The Hateful Eight

Best supporting actress nominees: Alicia Vikander, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Jason Leigh — Reuters

Best picture nominees

The Oscars can have up to 10 best picture nominees, but voters selected eight this year.
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

The Martian movie

The Revenant

Mad Max: Fury Road

Best director nominees

When it came to best director, the Academy shunned well-known named Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Todd Haynes. Instead, Lenny Abrahamson made the cut for his film Room along with Adam McKay, known best for his broader Will Ferrell comedies, for The Big Short.
The Big Short: Adam McKay
Mad Max: Fury Road: George Miller
The Revenant: Alejandro G Inarritu
Room: Lenny Abrahamson
Spotlight: Tom McCarthy

Lenny Abrahamson, George Miller, Adam McKay, Alejandro Inarritu and Tom McCarthy — Reuters

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