Yesha Callahan

#OscarsSoWhite Slam All-White 2015 Oscar Nominations


After 2015 Oscar nominations were announced showcasing the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations — meaning basically every nominee is white — the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite exploded on the net.

“Selma” picked up a nomination in the Best Film category, but the Academy’s snub of director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo lead many to give the awards a shocked side-eye.

Twitter launched the hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite to criticize not only this years lack of color but the overall history of the lack of diversity attached to the awards.

Check out some of the tweets below:

  1. January 15, 2015 - Reply

    These tweets are so on point. Esp the similar roles of black women who won Oscars over the years. I wasn’t holding my breath though. All these awards shows have their agendas and prove black people have never been apart of it. At the end of the day we have to realize we don’t need their approval.

    • January 15, 2015 - Reply


      I was reading the VerySmart Brothas blog about this issue and it argues that it does matter Selma was snubbed and we do need their recognition. I see their point. I’m just glad Ava Du Vernay kept the integrity of Selma.

      • January 15, 2015 - Reply


        Well, Delia, we’ll be forever waiting for their recognition because, unless they are referring to music or the Civil Right’s Movement, they will never acknowledge how we built this country and the many accomplishments we’ve made.

        • January 15, 2015 - Reply


          I agree, but since clutch isn’t letting me post the link to Very Smart Brothas blog post, you should check it out and here the another side.

  2. January 15, 2015 - Reply

    Ava Du Vernay can be proud of his awesome accomplishment in spite of the snub. She has her whole future ahead of her to win awards. Just a thought maybe they are angry about what’s going on in the community with the protest marches and demonstrations. Many not all because there are a lot of non black people participating in the protest but i just kind of wondered about this.

    • January 15, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      That’s what I think as well. They’re sending us a subliminal message due to the national issues. (The academy is over 70% of 60 something year old white males)

      • January 16, 2015 - Reply


        @Delia: I thought I w

  3. January 15, 2015 - Reply

    This is the case of not only overt white privilege, but of blatant snubs. The movie Selma has sparked a lot of emotions. Also, Ava Duvernay should never feel shame for her effort in showing historical information about the civil rights movement. She should be further encouraged to continue in her directorial career. The lack of diversity in the 2015 Oscar nominations certainly proves that we have a long way to go in racial relations. We have the right to tell our stories unapologetically. Also, it doesn’t matter if Ava doesn’t receive an Oscar, because she is loved, she is valued, and she is appreciated by us as black people. That love can never eliminated by an award. That love is priceless.

  4. January 16, 2015 - Reply

    after reading some of the very rabid hateful racist comments to black people and about black people on various sites and blogs, maybe it’s better to be snubbed.

  5. January 16, 2015 - Reply

    This is a tough one for me. I am proud of Ava and any black women who breaks down barriers. Excitedly, I went to see Selma. I was slightly disappointed. I felt the film was uneven in many parts. I did not care much for David O’s portrayal of Martin Luther King. If you think about what Denzel did with Malcolm X, I think David came up short. I wanted Ava to get this nomination but honestly I did not think the film was as well directed as it could have been. Hard for me to say this because this is the film I was pushing for. Anyway, I hope it makes a lot of money and I hope a lot of people go see it during the MLK holiday. Is this a snub? Yes. I just wish the film had been more spectacular so I can defend it more.

  6. January 17, 2015 - Reply

    Isn’t there a black woman sitting on that board? I guess she was outnumbered by the old white dudes.

    • January 19, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Shockingly, the PRESIDENT of the Academy IS a Black woman! But of course she towed the line and said the Academy has no problem with diversity. Ok girl….

  7. January 19, 2015 - Reply

    There are boxes that Hollywood want to put black people in slaves. domestics and other roles of subservience,and Ava Duverney unapologetically said she didn’t intend to make a savior film. I got respect for her for that.

    • January 19, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Exactly Sister Mary Burrell.

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