The diversity debate is taking center stage for the Oscars yet again this year.
The Academy announced its award nominations Tuesday, and while many gains were made, industry watchers said more milestones are needed.
Jordan Peele made history as the first black filmmaker ever nominated for the trifecta of directing and writing, and as producer of Best Picture, in one year.
Jordan Peele is the first black filmmaker ever nominated for the trifecta of directing, writing and producing in one year.
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His horror masterpiece “Get Out” also scored a Best Actor nomination for Daniel Kaluuya.
“I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that,” Peele tweeted Tuesday.
Daniel Day-Lewis on the scene of “Phantom Thread.”
Other firsts included Rachel Morrison, the first woman nominated for Best Cinematography, for “Mudbound.” Her counterpart on the acclaimed movie about the Deep South, Dee Rees, was the first black woman nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Altogether, four actors of color were nominated this year, down from seven last year.
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Denzel Washington and Kaluuya scored Best Actor nods for their work in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and “Get Out.” Mary J. Blige received a Best Supporting Actress nod for “Mudbound” — along with a nomination for Best Song, “Mighty River,” in the same film.
Octavia Spencer was nominated for best supporting actress in “The Shape of Water,” which led all movies with 13 nominations, including Best Picture.
Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in a scene from “Darkest Hour.”
“Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig became only the fifth woman nominated for Best Director.
“1 woman nominated out of 10 slots for Best Picture. 1 woman nominated for best director out of 5 slots. No women of color nominated in either category. We still have a long way to go, Hollywood,” actress Amber Tamblyn tweeted in response to the announcements Tuesday.
Sally Hawkins (l.), and Octavia Spencer in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.”
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Of the remaining 16 nominees in the main acting categories, all were white.
Asian and Latino actors were completely shut out.
Tom Hanks portrays Ben Bradlee (l.) and Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham in a scene from “The Post.”
Actress Gina Rodriguez reacted on Twitter by cribbing a quote from fellow actress Viola Davis that said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
“We knew this was coming, but my reaction was still angry disappointment,” Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a watchdog organization, told the Daily News.
Saoirse Ronan in a scene from the movie “Lady Bird.”
“Enough is enough,” he said, calling underrepresentation of Latino actors, writers and directors in Hollywood a systemic problem.
“We’re going to start protesting left and right. And if that doesn’t work, we’ll pick one of the studios for a boycott. We will not be denied.”
Armie Hammer as Oliver in “Call Me By Your Name.”
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Nogales said his group already plans to protest a Feb. 5 luncheon for the Oscar nominees.
“There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done,” April Reign, creator of the #OscarsSoWhite movement, told The News Tuesday. “People unduly focus on films that reflect the black experience, when that has never been the goal of #OscarsSoWhite.”
Rachel Morrison on the set of the film “Mudbound.”
She said her focus has always been to promote a media culture where everyone can visit a theater and “see themselves onscreen.”
“Because we are very slowly becoming a more inclusive society and definitely a browner country, people who pay their $ 15 to sit in the theaters deserve to see their stories being told,” she said.
“Get Out” also scored a best actor nomination for Daniel Kaluuya.
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While many noted the lack of Latino representation in front of the camera, the man behind the day’s most-nominated film is Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. His fish-man fable “The Shape of Water” was just one shy of the record for most nominations.
The story about a lonely young woman falling in love with a captive sea creature is up for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards set to air live from Los Angeles on March 4.
Sam Rockwell (l.) and Frances McDormand in a scene from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
Altogether, Oscar voters nominated nine out of a possible 10 flicks for Best Picture, including strong contender “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the vigilante single-mom drama that scored seven nominations overall and previously won the Golden Globe for best drama.
“Dunkirk,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread” and “The Post” rounded out the list.
Allison Janney attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
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Christopher Plummer, 88, won a Best Supporting Actor nomination for “All the Money in the World,” becoming the oldest acting nominee ever.
Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination for her turn as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in “The Post.” And NBA legend Kobe Bryant earned a surprise nomination for his animated short, “Dear Basketball.”