The Academy’s President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Says She’s Disappointed by This Year’s So White Oscars!
On Thursday, the Oscar nominations were announced, and as always there were snubs, but what made it worse was there wasn’t one person of color who was nominated.
Will Smith, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role in Concussion, but was shut out of the Academy Awards. Many believed Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan deserved nominations for their work in the film Creed, but there were none. However, Sylvester Stallone did receive a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Also, box office hit and critically-acclaimed film, Straight Outta Compton, was shut out except for a Best Original Screenplay nomination, but those writers are White.
The only ounce of diversity is director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu getting a Best Director nomination for The Revenant.
Many on the Internet and social media expressed their concerns and displeasure with all the Academy Award nominees being White and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which began last year, was trending again.
The Academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, is also disappointed there isnt’ more diversity this year.
“Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness (of the films nominated.),” said Isaacs to Deadline.
“You are never going to know what appears on the sheet of paper until you see it.”
Regarding the Academy’s efforts to increase diversity, Isaacs said, “We have got to speed it up.”
Aside from the presenters, it looks like the only other Black face you’ll see on stage will be that of host Chris Rock.
It’s safe to say his opening monologue will throw mad shade at race in Hollywood!