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January 15, 2015

#OscarsSoWhite: Backlash after all-white nominee list

Critics say Academy Awards reflect lack of diversity in Hollywood.
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Nominees for the Academy Awards best actress and best actor categories. (REUTERS)

Twitter users are calling out the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for failing to include non-white actors in the recently announced 2015 Oscar nominations.

All 20 nominees for this year's best acting awards are white, and many say the omissions reflect a race problem in Hollywood. The Academy last nominated an all-white acting group in 2011, and before that in 1998.

The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter immediately after the nominees were announced. It has received more than 16,000 mentions so far. 

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