By: Kyle MacLelland -- Producer, 'Larry King Now'
In a repeat of last year, the announcement of the 88th Annual Academy Award nominations has caused an uproar throughout the Hollywood community and across social media. Once again, all of the major acting nominees are white, begging the question — is the Academy overlooking actors and filmmakers of color?
Many thought performances by Will Smith in Concussion, Michael B. Jordan in Creed & Idris Elba in Netflix's Beasts of No Nation— among others — were surely Oscar-worthy.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs had the following to say in response to the backlash:
“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."
While in regards to the Academy's highly publicized efforts to increase diversity, she simply said: 'We have got to speed it up."
On 'Larry King Now,' we recently welcomed a slew of Hollywood A-listers who have commented on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, as well as race inequality in the film and TV industries. Scroll down to see poignant commentary from the likes of 2015 Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette, 'American Crime' star Regina King & legendary director Spike Lee…
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Will Smith in Concussion
WATCH: Patricia Arquette On The Lack Of Minority Nominees
WATCH: Regina King Opens Up About Her Experiences With Racial Discrimination In Hollywood
WATCH: Spike Lee Calls Out Hollywood Over Racial Inequality
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