Comparing this year’s pool of Academy Award nominees to last year’s, one major difference is evident: the obvious lack of minorities among the contenders. In fact, this year represents the whitest group of Oscar contenders in the major acting categories in 10 years, since the 73rd Oscars.
“These are some seriously white Oscars, I can’t lie. I kind of imagined Mo’Nique wanting to go all ‘Precious’ upside Tom Sherak’s head with an ashtray this morning by the time they got to the end of the Best Picture category,” says Movieline Editor S.T. VanAirsdale.
One of the reasons minorities were not represented among this year’s nominees, says Hollywood Reporter Film Editor Gregg Kilday, is that there simply weren’t any African American-themed movies that had a legitimate chance to get a nomination.
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