Lots of sequels out every year. But one we didn’t need to see at the Academy Awards; #OscarsSoWhite. On Thursday morning, as Academy of Motion Picture Arts nominees were read off, the acting Oscar nominations got that unwanted sequel. For the second year in a row, there is not ONE nonwhite nominee in any of the four major acting categories. So, host Chris Rock just came up with an even better title for this year’s ceremony. He posted a new promo with this message on Twitter,
Yes, the opportunities were there this year. Before last year, it had been nearly two decades since the academy had nominated such a pale pool of actors. This year saw such movies as Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba and Creed starring Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson and the whole cast of Straight Outta Compton. And it wasn’t just the acting categories that saw especially white nominees, either; in best picture, almost all of the eight nominees feature heavily white casts in their films. Last year, critics could at least take some solace in Selma‘s nomination for best picture, with director Ava DuVernay at the helm. Not this year.
The 88th Academy Awards, airs February 28 on ABC.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) January 15, 2016