Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday morning and there was one major controversy that ensued.
Following the announcements, it became apparent that there were no actors of color nominated. Most notably, Will Smith, who many believe should have been recognized for his role in Concussion.
Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, however, none of the actors from the film were received nods. The film, which broke several records, was also snubbed in the Best Picture category.
Many on Twitter also spoke about Michael B. Jordan being snubbed for his stellar role in Ryan Coogler’s, Creed. Yet, his co-star, Golden Globe winner Sylvester Stallone picked up a nod for Actor in a Supporting Role.
HipHollywood talked with film critic, Shawn Edwards, who explained that he isn’t shocked at all. “It’s a business as usual in Hollywood and the critical consensus and perspective has no love for anything non-white. Never has and never will,” he said.
Edwards added, “Diversity is key, but the numbers are so skewed it’s embarrassing.”
What also makes the obvious snubs stand out is the mere fact that the Academy president is African American. Last year during a Q&A luncheon, Cheryl Boone Isaacs spoke out about diversity in Hollywood and suggested that the Academy has no power over Hollywood and how they hire, however, “What we can do, however, is to get them to widen their normal stream of thought.”
We however, can’t write this story and mention that The Weeknd’s track, “Earned It,” from Fifty Shades of Grey was nominated for Music (Original Song.)
What are your thoughts on this year’s snubs?
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