For only the second time in two decades, the 20 Academy Awards acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses.
Among the notable snubs were David Olowoyo, who received praise for his turn as the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma.
The all-white nominees list comes at time when Hollywood is fielding criticism for not doing enough to promote diversity in filmmaking. Just last month, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin were apologizing for emails that were racially insensitive. Rudin was nominated this morning producing best picture nominee The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Last year, actress Lupita Nyong’o took home the best supporting actress Oscar for the film 12 Years a Slave, which featured a mostly black cast and also won the best picture statuette.
But this years Oscar nominees, including the best picture heat, has a decidedly racially homogenous feel, with the exception of Selma, which was nominated for the top prize.
More to come.