The Academy Awards announced its nominations for the 2015 awards Jan. 15, but with a distinct lack of diversity in nominations. No people of color were nominated for leading or supporting roles, which fueled backlash against the Academy shortly after they were announced.
Despite the Academy nominating “Selma,” a film on Martin Luther King Jr.’s activism for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, none of its actors were nominated for an Oscar. Twitter erupted with a popular hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, in response. Other reactions included a front-page tongue-in-cheek headline by Bay Area News Group newspapers, “And the Oscar for best Caucasian goes to …” on its Jan. 16 issues.
A handful of Asian and Asian American films were nominated in other categories. The Academy nominated Isao Takahata’s Studio Ghibli film “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” for Best Animated Feature Film. The film is in the running with Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” directed by Don Hall. “Big Hero 6” features Disney’s first mixed-race Asian American main protagonist.
The Academy also nominated “The Dam Keeper” directed by Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi for short animated film and “Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” directed by Hu Wei and Julien Feret for Best Live Action short film. Wei, who lives in Paris, was born in Beijing.
ABC will air The Oscars live on Feb. 22. at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.