White, male field spurs Oscars diversity backlash

January 16, 2015 2:17 AM

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White, male field spurs Oscars diversity backlash

One year ago, 12 Years A Slave triumphed as Oscars' best picture — the first time the top prize went to a film directed by a black filmmaker, Steve McQueen.

It's a stark contrast to Thursday's 2015 Academy Awards nominations, which have come under fire for a glaring lack of diversity. Social media erupted after the slate revealed that the 20 contenders for lead and supporting actor and actress are all white for the first time since 1998.

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