Hollywood usually loves sequels, but Twitter users are creating one of their own this year.
It’s deja vu all over again as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected an all-white group of acting nominees, prompting outrage on social media where many users feel the Oscars are out of touch and are neglecting performances by minority actors and actresses. Last year’s popular hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, has been resurrected, along with the inevitable new tag, #OscarsStillSoWhite.
Some notable snubs being pointed out using the tags include the cast of the hit N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton,” The Ryan Coogler-directed “Creed,” “Beasts of No Nation” co-star Idris Elba, “Hateful Eight’s” Samuel L. Jackson and “Concussion’s” Will Smith.
Here are some of the best tweets we’ve found reacting to the lack of diversity in the nominations:
Why did the Oscars announce all the white nominees first?— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 14, 2016
Will Smith deserved a nomination in my book. Oh, but I forgot that he's black so naturally he got snubbed.— Claudia Eller (@Variety_Claudia) January 14, 2016
Lovin' so warm, Oscars so white,— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 14, 2016
Closin' our eyes and feelin' the light
We'll just go on burnin' bright
Somewhere in the night
The newer hashtag #oscarsstillsowhite is trending as well.
However, there will be at least one black face seen on the stage at this year’s Oscars. Comedian Chris Rock will act as the ceremony’s host, and many Twitter users have expressed hope that the outspoken comic will address the controversy in his monologue.