Selma Snubbed by Oscar Voters, Angry Reactions Pour in


The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards came out Thursday morning, and among the biggest narratives to emerge: Selma got snubbed in multiple categories, earning only a “pity nomination” for Best Picture.

The biopic film about Martin Luther King, Jr., earned only a few nominations, most notably for Best Original Song (“Glory”) and Best Picture. Noticeably absent, however, are nods for Ava DuVernay‘s directing, Paul Webb‘s screenplay, and Bradford Young‘s cinematography.

Comedian Patton Oswalt took note of that and commented thusly:

Slate writer Jamelle Bouie pointed out the Best Director snub:

Some have suggested Selma would be snubbed due to its “historical inaccuracies,” a point which many found laughable, given the Academy’s history of selections:

Others think the Academy just has no sense of diversity when it comes to its selection choices:

Forbes film critic Scott Mendelson expressed outrage over the snubs, writing:

I am angry both because she deserved a nomination. I am angry because if the legacy of DuVernay’s Selma becomes shaped by its Oscar-season controversy, I fear that it will affect the artistic opportunities afforded to its African-American female director in a manner different than if Selma would have come under fire under the directorial lens of a white male filmmaker.

CNN’s Don Lemon wasn’t thrilled either:

Some, however, were more resigned:

See more of the Twitter reaction here.

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