#OscarsSoWhite

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Roya Dowlati , Senior Staff Writer

Despite movies like Selma, Get On up, and Top FIve, 2015 is the second year since 1998 that the acting categories are held entirely by a group of all-white actors and actresses.

The Oscar Nominations were announced on Thursday, January 15th, the day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday. This was around the time when Hollywood was receiving criticism due to their lack of promotion for the need of stronger diversity in the filmmaking industry.

Although this criticism has been around for many years, and it is nothing new, twitter users quickly began spreading the trend ‘#OscarsSoWhite’, shortly after the nominations were announced.

Junior Maclaine Fields, took note when she noticed the wide spreading trend on twitter.

“We have to remember that nobody is saying that black filmmakers should be held to a different standard,” she said. “The most important thing is that people are thinking about this and discussing it.”

Junior Ebba Toft, also noticed the infamous hashtag appearing all over the popular social media site, and thinks highly of people’s efforts to improve the situation in Hollywood.

“I think it’s great that the social media is paying attention to this,” she said. “…they’re showing that there is a problem and that they’re not not just going to sit and watch it.”

Among the group of actors and actresses who did not make it to the list of nominations, is Selma actor David Oleyowo, who firmly portrays the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Just days after the release of Selma on January 9th, Oleyowo received mass attention for his performance.

Although Selma was able to pick up a nomination in the Best Picture category, many people were shocked when they found out both the lead actor and the director of the film were not among the nominations.

“…the nominations just show that there should be a push for more diversity in the academy,” Fields said. “…more importantly this situation portrays a bigger issue, the lack of diversity in the industry.”