At a time when Hollywood has come under criticism for a lack of diversity in filmmaking, all 20 actors and actresses nominated for
This is the first time since 2011 and only the second time since 1998 that none of the nominees for lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor or supporting actress is a minority.
The most recent male actor of color to win an Oscar was
In 2012, a Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters were nearly 94% white. In recent years, the academy has invited noticeably more diverse classes of new members to its ranks, but those inductees haven't changed the face of the academy in a material way because they make up such a small percentage of the entire constituency, which numbers more than 6,000.
On Thursday, academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs told reporters, "We are very active about increasing diversity throughout the academy and recognition of talent, and it will increase. We're very much dedicated to that."
Times staff writer Nardine Saad contributed to this report.