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#OscarsSoWhite, and More Depressing News from This Year's Oscar Nominations

For the second year in a row, every Academy nominee in an acting category is white.

Forget Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation. Or Michael B. Jordan in Creed. Or Bernicio Del Toro in Sicario. Or Will Smith in Concussion.

The 93 percent  white, 76 percent male Academy wasn't interested.

Straight Outta' Compton was also lauded as a potential best picture nominee, but was only nominated for Best Original Screenplay, which was written by two white writers. Similarly, only Sylvester Stallone was nominated for Creed, a film with a black lead actor and a black director.

"#OscarsSoWhite black people can't even get nominated for the movies about black people," as Joy Reid put it.

In the documentary category, though, the fantastic What Happened, Miss Simone? is one of the nominees. The film, which can be found on Netflix, follows the story of singer and activist Nina Simone, using never-before-heard recordings.

For more about diversity in the film industry, check out this feature story from Sojourners February magazine.