On January 14, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite started trending on social media sites including Facebook and twitter. This hashtag comes after the Academy released the nominations for this year’s top movies, a little over a month before the Awards ceremony. It brings about awareness of the overwhelming amount of white people nominated for role, while criticising the Academy for not nominating People of Color. People using the hashtag use a strong use of negative rhetoric to point out a injust event that is plaguing the nation.

Similar hashtags have been used, such as #OscarNoms and #WhiteOscar, which only push forward the ideology that the users want to express.

One user, @WSJspeakeasy, has stated, “Black actors and directors shut out of 2016”, with an article that elaborates on the issue. No people of color were nominated for best actor/actress, best supporting, nor were films including African-American actors were nominated for best picture. This user uses fact and negative language, “shut out”, to bring upon an emotional meaning to his argument.

Another user, @catrincooper, uses statistics to point out the reason, perhaps for this event. She calls attention to the fact that most of the voters in the Academy are older, white men, which is not representative to the of actors in movies this year, and to the population of America.

@mrsjerseybelle5 uses a comical, negatively-charged gif to represent her vexation with the white nominations for this year, which is the second time in a row that the Academy has done so.

Perhaps this new year will bring diversity to movies, and other forms of media. In the meantime, persuasive hashtags, although may not solve the problem, is a good way to bring awareness and attention to the issue at hand.


Natalie Ortiz


3 thoughts on “#OscarsSoWhite

  1. I find this a very intriguing form of bringing awareness to a social issue on how people of color are excluded from Oscar nominations. I think it is fascinating when social movements begin in this form. I myself being a person of color can defiantly relate with other similar issues and can see why it can be so frustrating. Skin tone should not be a deciding factor in your talents as an actor/actress.


  2. I have seen this hashtag being used a lot since the nominations and I do believe that there were many actors, like Michael B. Jordan, and movies, like “Straight Outta Compton”, that deserved more recognition. It is a shame that many talented people do not get honored as much as they should just because of their skin color.


  3. I find this really interesting because I seen this hashtag around everywhere but I never really knew what it meant. I only knew it had something to do with the Oscars. However, it is not shocking that this has been happening for the last 2 years. But what is shocking to me that not even the movie “Creed” or “Straight Outta Compton” did not receive oscars. We all know those movies are very well known for 2015 and brought in so much money for how good the movie was, especially with the original screenplay in “Straight Outta Compton”. But of course, there were predominately black actors and producers of these movies. This generation constantly disappoints me in ways that I never use to notice because I was oblivious to the severity of racism within social media and the media itself. But now that Im older and have open discussions about it with my family, peers, and classmates I am more aware of the racism that peeks out the small cracks in this society. But perhaps “Straight Outta Compton” did not win because the racial problems in society we observe and experience today are exact replicas of what happened in that movie and what happened back in the day. It is a repeating cycle and that movie just exemplified it to the public even more.


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