​every single person nominated for acting at the oscars is white

#OscarsSoWhite is trending across social media after is was revealed that no people of colour were nominated in any acting category at the Academy Awards.

by Charlotte Gush
14 January 2016, 3:05pm

The announcement of the 2016 Oscars nominations this morning has revealed that every single person nominated in each of the four of the acting categories is white. Not a single black, latina, asian or other non-white actor has been recognised for a leading role or supporting role, in a year that saw smash hits Star Wars, Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation take over our must-see, and favourite films lists.

#OscarsSoWhite, the hashtag started last year by Broadway Black and Nu Tribe editor April Reign is trending for the second year running after the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles today by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee.

At the 7th annual Governors awards in 2015, when Chi-Raq director Spike Lee spoke about the need for more diversity in Hollywood, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs launched A2020, an initiative to promote greater diversity in race, gender, age, nationality and point of view in Hollywood. "When it comes to fair and equal representation in our industry, words are are not enough," she said at the time, "We also have a responsibility to take action and we have an unique opportunity to do so now". With the news today about the whitewashed Oscars nominee lists, it seems that opportunity has not been taken.

Those looking for diversity in the nominations list may note that the Nina Simone film What Happened, Miss Simone is nominated for Best Documentary Feature, though it's director is a white women, and Straight Outta Compton gets a nod in the Best Original Screenplay category, though both of the screenwriters are also white.

Twitter user Clara Mae ‏@ubeempress notes that, "2 Asians, 1 Latino, & 4 black men have won Best Actor in all of 87 years but it's Leo [DiCaprio] we're always yelling justice for? ... & don't get me started on women of colour: 1 black woman & zero Asian or Latina women have ever won Best Actress. In 87 years. #OscarsSoWhite". Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar, but is in the running for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant this year.

Find the full list of acting category nominees below:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
Matt Damon in The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale in The Big Short
Tom Hardy in The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight
Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in Carol
Brie Larson in Room
Jennifer Lawrence in Joy
Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara in Carol
Rachel McAdams in Spotlight
Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs


Text Charlotte Gush
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