Oscars: Top nominations overwhelmingly white and male

This year’s Oscar nominations have been announced, with the Joker leading the pack with 11 nods.
The controversial origin film is followed by The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917 which have 10 nods each.

Image: Just one black actor makes it into an acting category – Cynthia Erivo. Pic. Universal Studios
However, the Academy Awards are likely to face criticism over lack of diversity after just one black person made it into an acting category and one non-white director was selected for the best director list.
British actress and singer Cynthia Erivo was selected in the best supporting actress category, for her role in Harriet – making her the only BAME actor in the field.
There had been expectations actress Awkwafina could be nominated for her performance in The Farewell, which would have made her only the second Asian American actress to receive recognition in the category.

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South Korean director Bong Joon-ho made it into the best director category for his comedy thriller Parasite.

The industry has come under fire in recent years over diversity, with the Oscars facing a backlash in 2016 when #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter.

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Joker, The Irishman and 1917 are all in the running for Oscars glory in the best picture category.
No women were selected in the best director category, a fact that was noted by presenter Issa Rae in her announcement: “Congratulations to those men”.
It is the 87th time no women have been nominated in the awards’ 92 year history.
Many had hoped Little Women director Greta Gerwig might make the cut, after she became only the fifth woman to appear in the category two years ago for her debut feature Ladybird.

Despite not being selected in the best director category, Gerwig did receive a nod in the coveted best picture category – arguably the biggest award of them all – and adapted screenplay.
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Source : Sky News