9 Actors Of Color Who Should've Been Nominated For An Oscar This Year

And the nominees are... #OscarsSoWhite!
Will Smith is among the many performers overlooked for this year's Academy Awards.
Will Smith is among the many performers overlooked for this year's Academy Awards.
Columbia Pictures

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

Also on HuffPost:

Black Oscar Snubs

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post stated no directors of color were nominated for an Academy Award in 2016.

Support HuffPost

Popular in the Community