Posted on January 24, 2018

There Are Literally No Asians or Latinos Nominated for Acting Oscars This Year

Kimberly Yam, Huffington Post, January 23, 2018


Headlines touted the [Oscar] nominations as “diverse,” as several black actors received well-deserved recognition. However, no Asian or Latino actors snagged any nods for their acting this year.

Many actors of color and social media users, including Gina Rodriguez and Constance Wu, were not pleased, and called the Academy out on its lack of representation.

This will be the sixth consecutive year that no Latino actors have been nominated for an acting Academy Award. Last year, Dev Patel was the sole actor of Asian descent who received a nod.

Throughout its history, the Academy has been notorious for overlooking both Asian and Latino talent. Actors of Asian descent have nabbed just 1 percent of all Oscar acting nods, while a similar percentage of Latino actors snagged nominations.

What’s more, white actors have been nominated several times for playing characters of color, {snip}

{snip} The majority of 100 top films in 2016 didn’t feature any Asian or Latino characters at all, a 2017 study showed. It also found that over approximately the last decade, there’s been no “meaningful” increase in how many people of color are portrayed in popular film.

{snip} Of 900 high-grossing films the study analyzed, three were directed by black women and two by Asian women. Only one was helmed by a Latina.