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9 “Black Actors” Who Should Have Been Nominated For An Oscar This Year

The hashtag #OscarSoWhite has once again taken over social media thanks to Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations announcement.

Yes, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is up for Best Documentary Feature and “Straight Outta Compton” — which was written by two white screenwriters — is up for Best Original Screenplay, but the nods mark the second consecutive year no actor or actress nor director of color were chosen among the group of nominees.

While #OscarsSoWhite 2016 may (or may not) come as a surprise to some, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs expressed to Deadline that she was “disappointed” by the omission of African-American lead films from this year’s nominations, and added that she doesn’t want to “take away the greatness (of the films nominated).”

Previously, Isaacs stated that she has “no power” over the filmmaking process.

“The Academy has no power over Hollywood. We have nothing to do with hiring,” she said last year during a Town Hall Los Angeles Q&A luncheon. “What we can do, however, is to get them to widen their normal stream of thought.”

We decided to collectively highlight a few of the performances by people of color who had potential for netting an Oscar nod. Check out our picks below, and share some of your favorites in the comments section.

  • Idris Elba
    Best Actor, “Beasts of No Nation”
  • Jason Mitchell
    Best Supporting Actor, “Straight Outta Compton”
  • Tessa Thompson
    Warner Bros. Pictures
    Best Supporting Actress, “Creed”
  • Will Smith
    Columbia Pictures
    Best Actor, “Concussion”
  • Benicio Del Toro
    Best Supporting Actor, “Sicario”
  • Michael B. Jordan
    Warner Bros. Pictures
    Best Actor, “Creed”
  • Oscar Isaac
    Universal Studios
    Best Supporting Actor, “Ex Machina”
  • Shameik Moore
    Open Road Films
    Best Supporting Actor, “Dope”
  • Samuel L. Jackson

    The Weinstein Company
    Best Actor, “The Hateful Eight”

The 88th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live on ABC on February 28.


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