The nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 14 and since then, the reaction has created a division both within Hollywood and the general public. While many films and actors received deserving nominations, there is an alarming lack of diversity. For the second year in a row, the Academy Awards has not nominated any actors of color and the continued issue has understandably outraged many actors. I agree with this reaction: There is no excuse for the lack of presence at any award show, least of all one as prominent as the Academy Awards. This has prompted the decision by some to boycott the award show to express their anger and disappointment. If certain actors and movie industry individuals choose to boycott the show, that is their prerogative; however, I do not see that as a long-term solution to the problem. Many have stated that there is no reason to be angry with those who have been nominated this year because each show, film or actor nominated is considered deserving of that recognition. While I agree that these categories are filled with deserving nominees, we should be focusing on the greater issue — the discrepancy in the movie industry and how the lack of diversity in films and television shows is the reason why the chances of an actor of color being nominated is diminished. Instead of focusing on those who are now refusing to attend the event, we should be pointing to the reason why there are limited actors to choose from in the first place.

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