Magic Johnson decries all-white Oscar acting nominations
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."
Saw Leo/TheRevenant and Matt/TheMartian both spectacular & deserve noms, but you can’t ignore Will/Concussion and Idris/BONN. #OscarWorthy— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 15, 2016
And we can’t forget about Michael B Jordan & Ryan Coogler w/ Creed, Sam Jackson in The Hateful 8, all deserved to be nominated. #OscarWorthy— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 15, 2016
"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.