(GEORGE CURRY MEDIA)—“The Academy has a problem. It’s a problem that needs to be solved…For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable. This institution doesn’t reflect its president…I am an Academy member and it doesn’t reflect me, and it doesn’t reflect this nation.”—David Oyelowo, actor
It turns out that Hollywood does, in fact, love a sequel. For the second straight year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences—the organization behind Hollywood’s biggest and splashiest awards show—failed to nominate a single actor or actress of color in the lead and supporting acting categories.
This year, when pay equity and gender equality were as much a Hollywood narrative as anything screened in local movie theaters, women earned more Oscar nominations (up almost 24 percent versus 21 percent in each of the last two years), but they were shut out from the best cinematography and best director categories—again.