Between the Oscars' four acting categories, there are 10 men and 10 women nominated. They're all white: Matt Damon, Leo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Rylance, Sylvester Stallone, Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara and Kate Winslet.
Creed, a critically acclaimed and wildly successful movie about a young black boxer (played by Michael B. Jordan) and directed by African American man Ryan Coogler was only nominated in one category, with a Best Supporting Actor dap for Sylvester Stallone. (When Stallone won an award for his performance in the film at the Golden Globes earlier this week, he forgot to thank Jordan and Coogler.)
The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was nominated for one measly award: Best Original Screenplay. The film's screenwriters, however, were white.
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton added to the Twitter uproar, saying that "direct action" is needed to fix Hollywood's famous diversity problem:
All white Oscar nominations are another example of the lack of diversity in Hollywood. Like the Rocky Mts. The higher u climb the whiter.— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 14, 2016
Hollywood has a fraudulent image of progressive and liberal politics and policies. We must take direct action to correct this. Talk is cheap— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 14, 2016
The Oscars will take place on Sunday, February 28 on ABC. They'll be hosted by Chris Rock, who will hopefully have something to say about the award ceremony's lack of diversity.