#OscarsSoWhite perfectly encapsulates our rage

This is the first time all 20 acting nominees have been white since 1998

By Joanna Rothkopf
January 16, 2015 2:10AM (UTC)
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This image released by The Weinstein Company shows, clockwise from left, Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech and Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the film, "The Imitation Game." The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP/The Weinstein Company, Jack English)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body responsible for nominating and voting on the Oscars, is not known for being especially sensitive about issues of race and general diversity -- and the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards are no exception. Every acting nominee is white for the first time since 1998, while no women were nominated for their work as directors, screenwriters and cinematographers. Perhaps most jarring was the snub of David Oyewolo and Ava DuVernay for their work as star and director, respectively, of the critically acclaimed "Selma."

Fortunately, we have the Internet. Twitter user @ReignofApril is credited with starting the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which perfectly encapsulates our outrage. Here are some of the best:


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