Black Actors Snubbed At Oscars: Stars And Fans React To All White Academy Awards Acting Nominations
Not a single black actor was nominated in any of the four acting categories when the 2016 Academy Awards nominations were announced on Thursday, and now many stars and fans are reacting on social media. Many people are upset this has happened for the second year in a row, while others are using humor to address the situation. See celebrity and fan reactions below.
As Gossip Cop reported earlier, two of the biggest snubs in the Best Actor category were Will Smith for Concussion and Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation. Other actors who people feel went unrecognized are Michael B. Jordan for Creed, Samuel L. Jackson for The Hateful Eight, and the various cast members from Straight Outta Compton.
Fresh off hosting the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, Ricky Gervais joked, “Why did the Oscars announce all the white nominees first?” Meanwhile, Piers Morgan tweeted, “BREAKING NEWS: Oscars Whitewash: 20 acting nominations, no black actors among them.”
John Stamos expressed, “Hollywood, this isn’t just about diversity, it’s about talent and you missed out on giving a thumbs up to both today.” Octavia Spencer said, “I thought for sure Idris Elba would get a nom for that brilliant performance in Beasts of No Nation.”
Noting how Chris Rock is hosting the awards telecast, a Twitter user named @intentionalTJS wrote, “Smart move. Have Chris Rock host the Oscars in a year when not a single Black actor gets nominated. The first joke writes itself.” A person with the handle @morninggloria similarly quipped, “Chris Rock is going to be the only black guy at the Oscars.”
A person named @dan_e_turner wrote, “Dear Academy, there’s a rumour that black people also make and star in films? You should check them out.” Meanwhile, a user named @Bombay_Papi opined, “If Jennifer Lawrence was black she’d have 0 Oscars and be seen as at best average.” However, Twitter user @Aftashok argued, ” There HAVE been years where [black people] have been legitimately snubbed in the Oscars, but THIS year isn’t one of them.”
Straight Outta Compton did nab a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, but one Twitter user pointed out that the four screenwriters who wrote the film were all white. @darrylayo wrote, “Even black movies that got nominated were nominated only for their white contributors, wow.” Meanwhile, Twitter user @AngeGold joked, “The Oscars: Straight Outta Nominated Black Actors.”