Last year's Academy Awards were all about 12 Years a Slave, with a win for Best Picture, plus Lupita Nyong'o's Best Supporting Actress and John Ridley's Best Adapted Screenplay (both artists are black) wins. But still, that's only three wins and a mere seven nominations in 17 categories.
This year is even worse: The only black artist receiving any kind of nomination is John Legend for his song, "Glory," from Selma — an incredible movie that received only a Best Picture nomination and not a single acting or writing nom. Despite the incredible performances of some of the most gifted artists of our time, not a single actor, writer or director, Ava DuVernay, received recognition.
For the first time since 1998, not a single black actor was nominated in any category — plus no women made it into the Best Director lineup.
Laughably, the black, female Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, thinks this is no big deal. When asked by Vulture if the Oscars have a diversity problem, she said, "Not at all. Not at all… the good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it's being discussed, and it's helpful so much for talent — whether in front of the camera or behind the camera — to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter."
Black Twitter begs to differ.
#OscarsSoWhite that the ceremony is being held in an REI this year.— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they wear "I CAN Breathe" t-shirts.— BGD (@BlackGirlDanger) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite that, if they made a movie about it to ease their guilt, it would STILL star & be directed/produced by white people— lancegould (@lancegould) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they have that one really good black friend.— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite that Ferguson police will be providing security this year.— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite They snubbed "Gone Girl" bc they thought the title was actually black slang.— skittles. (@chasemylovex) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they don't see race. Or movies with black folks in it, apparently.— Fed Up Nephew (@Awkward_Duck) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite They didn't see Selma but their housekeeper said it was really good.— Fed-Up AMPAS Member. (@thewayoftheid) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite the statue's wearing khakis and a polo shirt now— reverend doc (@DoctorWhatson) January 15, 2015
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