I Would Not Like to Thank the Academy.
For the second year in a row, the announcement of Oscar nominees by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has caused outcry in Hollywood and beyond for the lack of diversity among the nominations. Specifically, no minority actors were nominated for best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, or best supporting actress, and no films featuring African-American actors were nominated in the best picture category. In fact, for films like Creed and Straight Outta Compton, which starred black actors, only white actors and screenwriters earned nominations.
Several black actors and directors have since taken to social media to protest the racial snubbing, and the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has once again taken over Twitter and other platforms.
In response to the well-deserved outrage the Academy is facing, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a lengthy statement this morning promising to revisit the organization’s recruitment and government tactics, but is another promise of diversification enough?
See who is speaking out and what Boone Isaacs had to say, as well as why everyone has been left questioning: