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The Oscar Nominations Lack Diversity, Again


The Oscar nominations are in - and for the second year in a row, there appears to be a startling lack of diversity.

Across the acting categories, all 20 nominees are white.

Tim Gray, awards editor at Variety, told INSIDE EDITION: "After last year, I have to admit I was surprised by the lack of diversity this year."

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Creed director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan were surprisingly overlooked, while Sylvester Stallone was nominated for his role in reprising the iconic boxing character.

Samuel L. Jackson, who stars in The Hateful Eight, as well as Will Smith, who stars in Concussion, also failed to get a nod in the acting category.

One of 2015’s biggest films, Straight Outta Compton, the biopic about rap group NWA, only received a screenplay nomination.

British actor Idris Elba, who starred in the first feature film distributed by Netflix, Beasts of No Nation, got zero love for his performance.

Gray said: "Will Smith in Concussion is so good. Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation was so good. I thought they were a sure bet."

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It comes after Denzel Washington took home the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award at the first awards show of the season, Sunday's Golden Globes. 

Last year's all-white acting nominees sparked the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The Hollywood Reporter is already suggesting a new hashtag, #OscarsStillSoWhite.

 But 2016 could be the year of Leo.

DiCaprio’s film, The Revenant, received 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

The movie may get a run for its money from Mad Max: Fury Road, which received 10 nominations.

Many big names and past winners including Steven Spielberg, Aaron Sorkin, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren and Quentin Tarantino were surprisingly snubbed for nominations.

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