Twitter erupted Thursday morning with criticism and commentary concerning the lack of people of color in the 2016 Oscar nominations, and with good reason. The Washington Post reports that “every year for the past half-decade, the average white American has bought a ticket to fewer films than the average black, Hispanic or Asian movie-goer”. With such diverse audiences, why aren’t diverse filmmakers and actors being recognized?
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We compiled a list of people who should have, without a doubt, been nominated (and are Oscar winners in our hearts).
Best Director: Ryan Coogler, Creed
Best Director: F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton
Best Actor: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Best Actor: Will Smith, Concussion
Best Actor: John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Actor: Samuel L Jackson, The Hateful Eight
Photo: The Weinstein Company
Best Actress: Tessa Thompson, Creed
Photo: Warner Bros.
Best Actress: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine
Best Actress: Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Best Actress: Teyonah Parris, Chi-Raq
Photo: Chicago Tribune
Best Supporting Actor: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Straight Outta Compton
Best Supporting Actor: Oscar Isaac, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Supporting Actress: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Concussion
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Mitchell, Straight Outta Compton
Best Supporting Actor: Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Photo: Wall Street Journal
Tell us, who else would you like to see on this list?
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