Wrote a piece for new African American web portal NBC BLK on how the Oscars are super not diverse this year. Heck, no women were even nominated for their writing or directing. It was a sausage-fest devoid of melanin.
So much for progress.
The 2015 Oscar nominations are out and the winner is… white men.
From the actors nods to directing and screenwriting, in the major categories the nominees are mostly white and male, save for the actress category, the only one they couldn’t physically be nominated in.
The result? The Oscars just posted the least diverse line-up of nominees in 17 years. Not since 1998 when “Titanic” reigned supreme has the Oscars been this white with no African American, Asian, Latino or Native American actors nominated. Fifty years since the passing of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 – it appears the awards ceremony is going with a throwback theme – Whites Only.
This is a stark contrast from last year when Chiwetel Ejiofor and Barkhad Abdi were nominated for their acting turns in “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain Phillips,” while actress Lupita Nyong’o won for Best Supporting Actress in “12 Years a Slave.” Overall, “12 Years a Slave” was a big winner, also taking home awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.