Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the AMPAS, said on Friday night that the Academy was "committed to seeking out diversity of voice and opinion" and that the mostly white and male slate of nominations would push her to ensure that they remained focused on the goal of being more inclusive. This year's Oscar nominations featured the first all-white roster of acting nominees since 1998, and many felt that Best Picture nominee Selma's general lack of nominations was among many snubs that reflected a racial bias among the almost entirely-white voting block. Boone Isaacs, though, said that audiences shouldn't feel that way about Selma's near shutout. "It's nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It's an award that showcases the talent of everyone involved in the production of the movie," she told the AP.
Many took to social media after the nominations were announced with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to voice their displeasure.