Whoa! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is under fire after the 2015 Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 15. All twenty acting nominations went to white performers, snubbing several wonderful artists including actor, David Oyelowo for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in ‘Selma.’
Not everyone was celebrating after the Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 15. Twitter frantically blew up as fans shared their outrage over the fact that only white performance were nominated in the acting categories. The hashtags #OscarsSoWhite quickly took off on Twitter as film fans vented their frustrations over the snubs — click to see what they had to say!
Oscar Nominations: All White Performers Chosen For Acting Categories
The Oscar’s are more than a month away, but already, the show’s caused quite a stir — and unfortunately, it’s not because Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number has been spoiler. No, film buffs from all over took over social media in a fervor after only white actors and actresses were chosen to represent the best actress/best actor categories. People felt that many deserving artists were unjustly snubbed, including David Oyelowo for his role in Selma.
Rev. Al Sharpton, who previously formed a Hollywood diversity committee, was quick to respond to the outrage over the lack of diversity with a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling … With all of the talent in Selma and other Black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history,” he added, “The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets.”
Rev. was not alone, Twitter was quick to start #OscarsSoWhite. See the tweets below:
Don’t think I’ll be watching this year. #OscarsSoWhite
— Tansel Pope (@fiftycat) January 15, 2015
This #OscarsSoWhite thing is ridiculous. The voters gave their honest unbiased opinion on the ART, not their skin color. Stop it.
— Roland Gilpin Wood (@rgw_iv) January 15, 2015
Let’s remember, Hollywood has been controlled by white men for…ever. #OscarsSoWhite
— Josiah Hatfield (@josiahdhatfield) January 15, 2015
“well we nominated black people last year so” – Hollywood, probably #OscarsSoWhite
— /// (@lostfourtris) January 15, 2015
Don’t blame the Academy. Blame the casting directors. Blame the filmmakers. We need more roles for POC to work in. #OscarsSoWhite
— b (@brenxdan) January 15, 2015
20 attractive, rich, successful, white people are nominated for an award. No this isn’t the CMT awards… #OscarsSoWhite
— Lena Nicole Thomas (@LenaNicoleT) January 15, 2015
Yeah I’m not saying the Academy are a bunch of racists. They just need to be more aware. #OscarsSoWhite
— Dominick Argana (@TheDomba) January 15, 2015
— Laurie B. (@Drtysxyministry) January 15, 2015
It’s not just a white and black issue. It’s a lack of representation for Hispanics, Asians, Women, Native Americans & more. #OscarsSoWhite
— Michael Caden (@MichaelCaden) January 16, 2015
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will you still watch the Oscars? Who do you think the nominees should have been? Let us know your thoughts below!
— Britney Taylor