So even after a number of wonderful and spectacular movies featuring black actors were released last year, we couldn’t help but notice the colour (or the lack of colour) on the 2016 Oscar nominations list.
This has sparked the #OscarsSoWhite, as social media can’t help but notice the absence of spectacular acts like Michael B. Jordan in “Creed”, Will Smith in “Concussion”, Wiz Khalifa’s hit soundtrack for “Fast and Furious 7”, Idris Elba in “Beast of No Nation”, “Straight Out of Compton”.
Some of these examples have gotten nominations and awards in the 2016 award season that kicked off with the NYFCC Awards, click here if you missed that.
See reactions to the nomination list below.
Straight Outta Compton gets amazing reviews, breaks Box Office Records, critically acclaimed, and nothing…#OscarsSoWhite
— X (@XLNB) January 14, 2016
20 acting nominations. 20 white people. #OscarsSoWhite
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) January 14, 2016
— Andrew Maclean (@ajmaclean) January 14, 2016
No Black actors among the 20 major nominee spots? Easy to explain: No toms, mammies, coons or scared slave films this year. #OscarsSoWhite
— Greg Carr (@AfricanaCarr) January 14, 2016
Idris Elba even went into the jungle, put on a beret & had a part in thousands of black deaths. Still no nom. The jungle fam! #OscarsSoWhite
— C.A. Huggins (@C_A_Huggins) January 14, 2016
The thing about #OscarsSoWhite this year is that they really had options. CREED, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, BEASTS OF NO NATION. But: nada.
— Morgan Leigh Davies (@MLDavies) January 14, 2016
— Mark S. Luckie (@marksluckie) January 14, 2016