Oscar buzz is at its absolute peak today as the nominations were officially announced this morning.
However, the buzz is not all excitement as ‘The Academy’ just so happened to snub almost all women and people of color.
Films that were centered around women or people of color, which received high praise and critical acclaim, were completely left out of very deserving categories and the nominations were flooded with movies created by and featuring white people.
Selma, the film centered around Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for universal suffrage, was ignored in many of the major categories including best actor and best director. The director of the film, Ava DuVernay, was a favorite to be nominated and would have been the first black female director to be nominated for an oscar.
Reese Witherspoon’s Wild, a story centered around a woman’s journey finding herself, was snubbed from many of the major categories. The same can be said for many other female led movies such as Gone Girl and other prominent female roles were overlooked, as with Jennifer Aniston in Cake, and Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year.
With these snubs, it looks like the Oscars are going to be a fight between straight white men. Maybe Bradley Cooper has a chance this year.