#OscarsSoWhite is a tag that rings true. Only nine actors of color have been nominated for an acting category at the Academy Awards in the past five years.
However, the lack of diversity is just as glaring throughout the entire 88-year-history of the award show. Last year, #OscarsSoWhite became a widespread call for more inclusion. This year is no different, according to April Reign, the creator of #OscarsSoWhite.
"It’s not about saying who is snubbed and who should have been nominated," Reign told The Huffington Post. "It’s about opening up the discussion on how the decisions were made, who was cast and who tells the story behind the camera."
Many stars of color have carried the conversation on, echoing the need for better representation and recognition in film. There is a systemic bias that has plagued Hollywood for decades and before a solution is identified, the problem must be fully understood.
With that in mind, we rounded up 57 striking facts that highlight just how white the Oscars are by noting the few times Black, Latino and Asian stars have been recognized in its 88-year history:
CORRECTION: This article initially stated that Oprah was nominated for an Academy Award as producer for "12 Years A Slave"; she was nominated for "Selma." It also incorrectly listed Morgan Freeman as a winner for Best Actor, rather than Best Supporting Actor.