Oscar Acting Nominees Are All White
Again. Plus, a rundown of the snubs
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2016 10:38 AM CST
In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue appears at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) Once again, every single one of the 20 actors nominated for an Oscar this year is white. The Hollywood Reporter points out a number of minority actors who were overlooked, including Benicio Del Toro in Sicario and Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation, both of whom were nominated for BAFTAs. Elba was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG-AFTRA. Will Smith (Concussion) and Michael B. Jordan (Creed) were also snubbed by the Oscars despite being nominated by other groups, USA Today reports, and both Concussion and Beasts were completely shut out. Furthermore, Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Original Screenplay but not for Best Picture, despite being nominated for or winning similar awards from numerous other groups.

As TMZ points out, the only people from the NWA biopic to get Oscar nods were the screenwriters, who are both white. And just eight movies were nominated for Best Picture, so there was still room for the film if the Academy wanted to include it. The Hollywood Reporter and People run down other snubs. Some of the biggest surprises:

  • Carol, seen as a "shoo-in" for Best Picture, didn't get a nomination.
  • The Martian did get a Best Picture nod, but director Ridley Scott wasn't nominated in his category.
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was big news, but failed to get a Best Documentary nod.
  • Steve Jobs got acting nominations, but screenwriter Aaron Sorkin wasn't nominated despite winning the Golden Globe in the category on Sunday.
  • Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight was nominated for a number of awards, but not Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • The Paul Walker tribute song, "See You Again," from Furious 7 was not nominated in the Best Original Song category.
  • Helen Mirren missed out on both a potential Best Actress nod (Woman in Gold) and Best Supporting Actress nod (Trumbo).