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?
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?