every single person nominated for acting at the oscars is white
#OscarsSoWhite is trending across social media — again.
This morning the Academy announced the 2016 Oscar nominations and 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 is being recognized for a leading or supporting role, in a year that saw Star Wars, Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation take over our favorite films lists.
#OscarsSoWhite, the hashtag started last year by editor and activist April Reign, is trending for the second year running.
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 announcement the Oscars nominee list today, it seems that opportunity has been ignored.
Those looking for diversity in the 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).
Here's the full list of acting category nominees:
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
Photgraphy © courtesy Sundance Institute