87th Oscar’s hit by racist row

MUMBAI: Heard of the “white” Oscars anytime? Well this year could be the time when the term could come into existence. As the world gears up to view the mother-of-all award ceremonies, it has been hit with a new row. The prestigious awards for this year have been hit by allegations of being racist in nature as since 1988, no non-white actors were found be making the cut in the four major categories.

For the year 2015, 20 actors nominated in the categories such as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor are all white. The year 1988 was one such year when no non-white actors made it to the list and the report is seen this year.

The lack of variety prompted netizens to take to the micro blogging site Twitter to express their anguish. This resulted in the creation of the online trend #OscarsSoWhite, which is currently trending on Twitter.

Meanwhile acclaimed directors like Wes Anderson and Alejandro González I?árritu’s are caught in a neck to neck battle as both their films have received a total number on nine nominations. Wes Anderson has directed the offbeat dramedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” while I?árritu’s has directed the genre-defying film, “Birdman.”

The movies that have made it to the list for the 87th Oscar Awards are as follows:

1) American Sniper

2) Birdman

3) Boyhood

4) The Grand Budapest Hotel

5) The Imitation Game

6) Selma

7) The Theory of Everything

8) Whiplash

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