The lack of diversity in the 2015 Oscar nominations sparked an outcry in the Twitterverse on Thursday. Twitter users loudly shared their thoughts using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The hashtag is largely made up of comical takes on the Movie Academy’s notorious lack of diversity in membership as well as its history of not acknowledging the work of people of color.
According to Media Diversified, an organization that highlights the lack of representation of people of color in the media, the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards is no surprise, with 94 percent of its members being white, 77 percent male, and only 14 percent under the age of fifty. In the eighty-seven years of the Oscars, there has been a grand total of thirty-one black award winners across all categories. This includes only four black wins in the best actor category, one for best actress, and one for best picture. Some had hoped that the appointing of African American Cheryl Boone Isaacs as president in 2013 might be the spark to ignite some diversity. Based on this year’s slate of nominees that spark has yet to ignite a fire.
— Fed Up Nephew (@Awkward_Duck) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite that integrated Lego never had a chance at a Best Animated Feature nomination
— RonMwangaguhung (@RonMwangaguhung) January 15, 2015
— Spectacles in Script (@SpectNScript) January 15, 2015
#OscarsSoWhite they can breathe
— s (@staywokeamerica) January 15, 2015