Oscars' Lack Of Diversity 'Disappointing' To Academy President

The Oscar nominations had one unfortunate theme on Thursday morning – a serious lack of diversity.

It wasn't long after the nominations that #OscarsSoWhite (a hashtag that first came about after the 2015 nominations) began trending on social media for a second year.

The Academy nominated only white actors in the four major acting categories with performances from Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson and Will Smith all overlooked.

"Straight Outta Compton" did get a nod, but it was for the film's two white screenwriters.

Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu, who was nominated for Best Director, was the one note of diversity in a major category, but Inarritu is one of five men nominated, as the Academy continues to struggle with recognizing female directors. 

The last time a female director was nominated was six years ago, when Kathryn Bigelow scored a nod and won for "The Hurt Locker." Bigelow is the first and only female director to win the Best Director trophy in Academy history. 

Following the nominations, Access Hollywood's Liz Hernandez spoke to Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs about yet another year with very little diversity amongst the nominees.

"Well, it is disappointing, I have to say. This is something that's very important to the Academy and important to me and we are going to continue this fight of the discussion and the discussion is a good one," she told Access.  "But, it is not just about talking, it is about doing and we are very much still in that seat to drive this issue, to have more inclusion of people of color and women to participate in one of the greatest art forms there is."

Oscars Sunday, with host Chris Rock, will be handed out live on Sunday, February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at 7 PM ET on ABC.

-- Jesse Spero

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