Twitter Had An Incredible Reaction To This Year's All-White Oscar Nominees
The 87th annual Oscar nominations were announced early Thursday morning.
Take a look at the light-skinned faces of this year's Best Actress nominees:
Now look at the Best Actor nominees:
And the Best Director noms:
And it doesn't stop there. The Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories both look like the same 50 shades of white:
On Twitter, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite quickly blew up with people making "yo mama"-like jokes:
#OscarsSoWhite the show's dinner will be pumpkin flavored everything.— Wynn (@wynnhsb) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite because 12 years a slave winning last year satiated our white guilt for at least 5 years.— Jordan Lange (@Jalangaloze) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite Tiger Woods just tried to have an affair with them— Nate the Sports Guy (@HumbleSportsGuy) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite They nominated Repealing Obamacare— anibundel (@anibundel) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite its best friend is black— based kortney ? (@fakerapper) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite Paula Deen will be the official Chef at the next Oscar Ceremony— Rita A (@ritaag) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite it has no idea why this hashtag is necessary.— April (@ReignOfApril) January 15, 2015
Apparently there was not a single good performance by a person of color this year #OscarsSoWhite— Manvir Singh (@manwizzle) January 15, 2015
A few pointed out that Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who announced the noms, is actually black:
Isaacs was forced to respond to the nominations' lack of diversity shortly after they were announced.
When Vulture asked Isaacs whether the organization has a problem with recognizing diversity, she replied, "Not at all. Not at all."
Many expected "Selma" director, Ava DuVernay, would make history this year as the first black woman nominated for Best Director. She was snubbed. The film did earn a Best Picture nomination, but "Selma" breakout star David Oyelowo also failed to receive a Best Actor nod.
Vulture asked Isaacs about the seeming "Selma" snub:
"Well, it's a terrific motion picture, and that we can never and should not take away from it, the fact that it is a terrific motion picture," she said. "There are a lot of terrific motion pictures, it's a very competitive time, and there's a lot of great work that has been done. I am very happy that Selma is included in our eight terrific motion-picture [nominations]."
There's clearly a diversity and gender divide within the Academy. According to one report, Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male.
Media Diversified posted this graphic showing even more scary stats:
- Benedict Cumberbatch Couldn't Wait To Tell His Actor Parents About His First Oscar Nomination
- Netflix Just Got Its Second-Ever Oscar Nomination For Best Documentary
- Oscar Nominations Revealed: Here's The Full List