Time to warm up that #OscarsSoWhite hashtag y’all, the Academy has announced their 2016 nominations and they are a whiter shade of pale.
Not one POC made the cut in the acting categories. No Will Smith, no Micheal B Jordan, no Idris Elba. In the directing category Alejandro G. Iñárritu got a nod for helming the otherwise very white The Revenant but Ryan Coogler’s work on Creed was ignored.
The only good surprise for POC was that Straight Outta Compton got a nod for Best Original Screenplay, but that’s pretty slim.
We have complained before that the movies are lagging considerably behind TV, comics and Broadway when it comes to opportunities for POC. Even though there were a few performances by POC that were considered nomination worthy by other awards like the Golden Globes, those were ignored by the Oscars. The Motion Picture Academy has some serious soul searching to do to bring themselves in the 21st century. It’s already 2016, they should hurry the eff up.