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Academy President Releases Statement on Lack of Diverse Nominees

Academy President Releases Statement on Lack of Diverse Nominees

For the second year in a row, people are calling out The Academy for the lack of diversity in the acting categories for the Oscars.

Every actor and actress nominated this year is white. Notably snubbed stars including Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, Will Smith for Concussion, Michael B. Jordan for Creed, and the cast of Straight Outta Compton, among others.

“Of course I am disappointed, but [it 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,” Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs said to Deadline. “We have got to speed it up.”

Meanwhile, celebrities have been commenting on the lack of diverse nominations on Twitter all morning.

Ricky Gervais took to his Twitter account to speak to the issue, and make a joke at the Academy’s expense.

Click inside to read some tweets from celebrities, activists, and more…

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