Looks like #OscarsSoWhite is getting a sequel, as observers were quick to point out that the 88th Academy Award nominees once again lack racial diversity, starkly contrasting a growing push from inside the academy to diversify its membership. An L.A. Times study in 2012 revealed that 94% of Oscar voters who choose the nominees were white and 77% were male. Blacks represented 2% of the academy while Latinos were even fewer.
Despite well-received movies led by actors of color, including "Creed," "Straight Outta Compton" and "Beasts of No Nation," all the nominees in the best actor and supporting actor categories are white. For the second year in a row, “Birdman” director Alejandro G. Inarritu is the only nonwhite nominee in the best director category.
Sort through this year's top Academy Award nominees by category, and click on their picture to see what our critics had to say.
Credits: Priya Krishnakumar, Armand Emamdjomeh
Sources: Times reporting, Times photography