White Oscar nominations remains a hot topic

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 22:39:43-05

Zach Miller says some of his favorite comedians are Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle. He's a white male and appreciates the comedians ability to include everyone in their comedic sketches. 

After spending time with Miler, It doesn't take long to discover he has friends on campus from various backgrounds. When asking if he's offended about this year's Oscar backlash with its lack of diversity, he says he gets it.

"You have to understand that if enough people are upset, then they're upset for a reason," said Miller.

Upset would be putting it mildly.

Oscar nominations were announced last week and it remains a hot topic. It's the second year in the row that The Academy failed to nominate a single person of color in its acting categories.

"I'm kind of shocked that nobody's nominated...we do great movies. I don't know why we're not recognized for the hard work we put in," said Deborah Kigungu.

Her peer, Paulina Sylvester, says this comes is no surprise.

"I'm pretty sure the Oscars aren't the only ones who've done it. I'm sure there's other shows that aren't really focusing on black actors," said Sylvester.

Fans say there was no shortage of strong performances of black actors this year.

Some actors fans believe were snubbed include the cast of "Straight Outta Compton,' Idris Elba in "Beasts of No Nation," Michael B. Jordan in "Creed," and Will Smith for "Concussion."

Jada Pinkett-Smith, along with Spike Lee are calling for an Oscar boycott and hope other actors of color join their movement.

"If anything, maybe we need to start looking at who the voting committee is and maybe start trying to implement more people of color that way," said Sylvester.

According to a study by the Los Angeles times in 2012, the media age of Oscar voters is 62. They are also 94% white and 77% male.