Straight Outta Compton only received a single nod for Best Original Screenplay… which was written by four white people. Sorry, Jason Mitchell.
Similarly, Creed managed to get Sylvester Stallone some Academy love for playing Rocky for the 18th time, but Michael, Tessa Thompson, and director Ryan Coogler were completely overlooked!
Another one of the more shocking omissions comes from Concussion, which many critics praised as Will Smith's best acting of his career, yet he and costar Gugu Mbatha-Raw failed to get any recognition for their work.
Other high-profile examples include Benicio del Toro for Sicario, Mya Taylor for Tangerine, Samuel L. Jacksonfor The Hateful Eight, and Chiwetel Ejiofor for either Z for Zachariah, The Martian, or Secret in Their Eyes.
Basically, the Oscars just took one gigantic step backwards when it comes to equality… and we're not sure how they're going to get out of this one.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs spoke to The Hollywood Reporter on the controversy, saying:
"Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness (of the films nominated). This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board. You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it."
That's a pretty diplomatic answer. Though she DID say on diversity in Hollywood: