The Oscar Nominations Are Really, Really White, and Twitter Noticed

Grand Budapest Hotel
'Grand Budapest Hotel' secured nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Fox Searchlight Pictures

The 2015 Academy Award nominations are in, and they are overwhelmingly white and male. In fact, every single contender for Lead and Supporting acting categories is white. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, this is only the second time that's happened this century.

Meanwhile, the nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Cinematography have gone exclusively to white men.

That makes for the whitest Academy Awards since 1998—an especially striking fact given last year's wins for 12 Years a Slave, which had a primarily black cast and took home three awards, including Best Picture. By contrast, the Academy's treatment today of 's Selma has been widely taken as a snub: Although Ava DuVernay's heavily acclaimed civil rights drama garnered two nominations, including Best Picture, neither DuVernay nor the film's actors were nominated. (No African-American woman has ever been nominated for Best Director.)

Twitter users promptly noted the lack of diversity:

#OscarNoms No female directors, screenwriters, or cinematographers. No actors of color. #diversity

— David Daniel @🏠 (@CNNLADavid) January 15, 2015

Quickly, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite (inspired by Twitter joke #CokeSoWhite) took off in reaction:

#OscarsSoWhite they selling #AllNomineesMatter tees in the atrium

— big relly (@awkward_duck) January 15, 2015

#OscarsSoWhite they don’t see the power of black leaders only thugs, victims, slaves or whores. Thanks Academy!

— Danielle Moodie (@DeeTwoCents) January 15, 2015

#OscarsSoWhite we'll see a lot of "Je Suis Charlie" buttons on the red carpet, but no #BlackLivesMatter

— April (@ReignOfApril) January 15, 2015

#OscarsSoWhite they don't see race. Or movies with black folks in it, apparently.

— big relly (@awkward_duck) January 15, 2015

#OscarsSoWhite they nominee pictures look like a jury from the south in 1962.

— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) January 15, 2015

Here's the full list of nominations—chosen by an Academy of voters that is primarily white and male, yet exerts outsized influence on the movie industry each year.