The White Oscars: 2015 Is The Worst Year For Diversity So Far

87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

Last year, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave won the Academy Award for Best Picture – the first time that this prestigious prize went to a black filmmaker.

However, nothing similar will happen this year as the 2015 Oscars will be the whitest since 1998. Thursday’s nominations caused an outrage on social media when the slate revealed that all the nominees for lead and supporting actors and actresses are white.

Only hours after Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón announced the nominees, the top Twitter trend in America became #OscarsSoWhite because, apart from a nod for Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman and a Best Picture nomination for Selma, people of color have been completely shunned.

Lack of diversity has always been a problem since white men have dominated Hollywood ever since the first Oscars, but people are now starting to take notice. One tweet rightfully pointed out that black people only get recognition when they are playing the roles of help, slaves, butlers and mistresses.


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