Magic Johnson decries all-white Oscar acting nominations

BY foxsports • January 16, 2016

For the second straight year, all of the Oscar nominees in acting categories are white. One of those making a point to question the absence of actors of color is Magic Johnson.

In a series of tweets, Johnson suggests several actors who were worthy of Academy Award nominations -- Will Smith in "Concussion," Idris Elba in "Beasts of No Nation," Michael B. Jordan in "Creed" and Samuel L. Jackson in "The Hateful Eight." 

"On every measure, film is a couple steps behind TV," Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, told the Los Angeles Times. "This is, unfortunately, a reflection of the academy itself. The academy is white and male, so we have a taste culture that's only going to recognize certain types of projects."

This does put a different spin on Chris Rock's promo for his Oscars hosting gig. At first, it just looked like a play on LeBron James' pre-game powder burst. But now? Well, maybe that white powder could also mean something else.

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