For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed all 20 Academy Award nominations in the four main acting categories to white actors. Hollywood, which constantly puffs itself up as oh-so progressive and liberal, as an example to the rest of the world, as superior to Middle American rubes, just can’t seem to put its money where it sanctimonious mouth is — even after all the promises the industry made after last year’s media storm.
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Unlike the racially-charged media storm that erupted over the not-very-good Martin Luther King biopic “Selma,” the coming media storm will have a few legitimate snubs to point to: Idris Elba in “Beasts Of No Nation,” Michael B. Jordan in “Creed,” and other than a screenplay nomination, some fine performances in “Straight Outta Compton.” Add to that, Benecio Del Toro’s superb work in “Sicario,” Samuel L. Jackson in “The Hateful Eight” and Will Smith in “Concussion.”
Welcome to Liberal Hollywood!
For all the Hollywood talk about Black Lives Matter; after all the hand-wringing last year, that included an invitation to Al Sharpton to set up a committee on racial diversity, this is a public relations debacle for Hollywood that will be remembered for years to come.
On top of last year, in 2011 and in 1998 all the nominees were white.
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