The Oscars does it again

The Oscars does it again

A year after host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that the Oscars were honoring Hollywood’s “best and Whitest,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled a slate of nominees Jan. 14 that once again included no Black actors or directors, prompting a dismayed revival of the “OscarsSoWhite” hashtag. Many also expressed regret that the highly admired N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” failed to score a best picture nod, despite being recognized in other contests. In acting categories, omissions included Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation” and Will Smith in “Concussion.” Director Ryan Coogler of the successful “Rocky” spinoff “Creed” also failed to make the cut. Those voicing disappointment included the academy’s president herself, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “I really was disappointed,” Ms. Isaacs told the Associated Press when asked about “Compton,’’ which received only a screenplay nomination Theater shooter thanks man accused of Black church slayings (for, some noted on Twitter, its White screenwriters, not its Black cast or director.) “Fabulous movie, fabulous movie.’’ But Ms. Isaacs, who is Black, added that the Oscar nominations are part of a much broader conversation in the entertainment industry about diversity—and that change would happen, albeit slowly. “What is important is that this entire conversation of diversity is here and we are talking about it,” Ms. Isaacs said. “And I think we will not just talk, because people will say, ‘well don’t just talk, you gotta do,’ (but) talking gets to the doing, and we are going to do … It is an industry-wide situation and we need to continue this conversation. We need to bring in new talent, to nourish...