Internet protests all-white Oscar acting nominees for 2nd yr in row
The hashtag #Oscarssowhite has been revived following this week's Oscars announcement of all-white acting nominees.
For just the second time since the late 1990s - and the second year in a row - no actors of color were nominated for the Oscar's acting awards.
The internet objected to the absence of Michael B Jordan, star of the Rocky sequel Creed, even though Sylvester Stallone was nominated for best supporting actor. Sly won a Golden Globe for his performance earlier this month.
Stars of the NWA biopic Straight Out of Compton and Concussion star Will Smith also missed out.
The thing about #OscarsSoWhite this year is that they really had options. CREED, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, BEASTS OF NO NATION. But: nada.— Morgan Leigh Davies (@MLDavies) January 14, 2016
So sad that people of color suddenly became bad at acting this year. #OscarNoms— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) January 14, 2016
African-American comedian Chris Rock will host the 88th annual Oscars on February 28th. Even though it was announced back in October, some feel it is a "token" gesture by the Academy.
A five minute opening by brilliant Chris Rock will not make up for over 80 years of erasure of marginalized communities. #OscarsSoWhite— April (@ReignOfApril) January 14, 2016
Maybe they're doing #OscarsSoWhite again because Hollywood loves sequels— Jessica Goldstein (@jessicagolds) January 14, 2016
The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is offensive to orange nominees like Sylvester Stallone.— Mr. Basch if U nasty (@JasperBoss) January 14, 2016
looking at the Oscar nominations for this year like: pic.twitter.com/ozpDp3RiQ2— shay (@hawksighh) January 14, 2016
#OscarsSoWhite we have to have this conversation AGAIN. FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. and hell for the last 88 years.— Spooky Mulder (@baileenicole15) January 14, 2016
The Academy has struggled with its diversity problem long before the invention of the internet and hashtags.
Of the more than 2,900 Oscars awards that have been handed out over the past nine decades, just 32 have been won by people of African descent.