As the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trends following yesterday’s announcement of the Oscar nominees, even Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs is fed up with the lack of diversity.
This is the second year in a row that only white men and women were nominated in acting categories, though at least director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu gave us some diversity in his nominations for The Revenant.
But when asked about the nominations and their complete lack of diversity, Isaacs could not hold in her frustration.
“Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away from the greatness [of the films nominated],” she told Deadline. “This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board. You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it.”
She then said of the need to fix the Academy’s diversity issues: “We have got to speed it up.”
The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag began to trend shortly after the nominees were announced, with notable movies like Straight Outta Compton and Concussion being notably absent. Also telling was the fact that Sylvester Stallone got a nod for Creed for his supporting role, while the film’s lead, Michael B. Jordan, got nothing. Other omissions include Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, and many more.