After 14 years, will this year’s Oscars be All White?

It is now 14 years since the so-called 'breakthrough' Oscar Awards when Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won the Best Actress and Best Actor categories - the first time a white actor didn't take home one or both of the awards.

More than a decade later, however, the industry appears to remain white-dominated.

Hollywood is engulfed in nervous whispers that this year's Oscars ceremony could once again feature an all-white line-up. The Academy was slammed in 2015 after failing to nominate any ethnic minorities in any of the 20 categories - despite a number of possible candidates such as David Oyelowo in Selma. This year, Idris Elba, Will Smith and Samuel L Jackson are the only black stars slated to be in the running for a Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor nod. Some movie critics aren't even sure they'll make the cut.

As the industry awaits the imminent announcement, fears of another all-white Oscars - and resurfacing of the Twitter trend #OscarsSoWhite - have sparked debate. USC professor and Hollywood historian Steve Ross told the LA Times: 'If it's all-white again, nobody's going to be happy and there might be a growing perception that the academy is out of touch. 'It has to be a good performance, but, for some, if they're deciding between Will Smith and somebody else, they might just go for Will Smith because of what happened last year.' However, Straight Outta Compton director F Gary Gray, who is African American and one of the many industry figures who gets to vote for the nominees and winners, dismissed the concerns as needless politics.

Source:  DailyMail

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