Lupita Nyongâ€™o arrives at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon. (Photo credit: Jen Lowery / Splash News)
After years of making strides in terms of diversity, the Oscars returned took a step back for the 2020 ceremony. On Monday, Jan. 13, only one Black person was recognized when the nominations were announced for the 92nd Academy Awards.
Cynthia Erivo received a Best Lead Actress nod for her role as Harriet Tubman in the film Harriet. However, several other powerful performances were ignored. Some of the notable snubs included Lupita Nyongâ€™o for Us; Eddie Murphy for Dolemite Is My Name; and BeyoncÃ© for her song â€œSpiritâ€� from the Lion King soundtrack.
In 2014, nearly 94 percent of the 6,000 voters where White. One year later, the Academy Awards faced a backlash due to a large number of White nominees. Black Twitter responded with the hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite.
Now that the list of 2020 nominees have been revealed, some believe that the Oscars have regressed in terms of diversity.
The Oscars said f*** yâ€™all social rants.
We are nominating every white we got. Spicy white, old white, off white, eggshell, man white, some white women, and a POC to keep up appearances
â€” George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 13, 2020
yâ€™all said oscars so white they said bet letâ€™s turn it up a notch
â€” no (@miskeencore) January 13, 2020
One Black acting nominee â€¦ despite a plethora of chances to reward so many amazing performances from Black, Latinx and Asian actors this year. One nominee doesnâ€™t excuse this #OscarsSoWhite lineup.
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#OscarsSoWhite the Lupita snub is predictable because of the academyâ€™s well documented bias against horror movies. Still infuriating. She delivered two career best performances in one film! This will go down as a historic cinema injustice. pic.twitter.com/mEH5shl7ee
â€” Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) January 13, 2020
No one should be surprised that a movie about an angry white man who feels left behind got so many Oscar noms. Because thatâ€™s literally the one demographic group that consistently gets the most attention and coddling.
â€” Clarissa (@clarissa373) January 13, 2020