1. A long-running debate over whether or not Oscar voters are "out of touch" with the general movie-going public reached a head today following the announcement of 2015's Academy Award nominees.

    While many were disappointed to learn that the Martin Luther King, Jr. docudrama Selma hadn't fared as well as critics expected, racking up only two nominations in total for Best Picture and Best Original Song, Twitter users were less upset about the snub itself than they were about the what the larger list of nominees looked like — and what they perceived that to mean.

    For the first time in 19 years, every single person nominated in the acting category is white.
  2. Calling the lack of diversity among this year's acting nominees "flabbergasting," The Atlantic's David Sims noted that in 1995 (which is the last time no people of colour were nominated) the whiteness among Academy Award nominees was "probably less remarked-upon because there was no obvious 'Oscar film' featuring people of color getting snubbed."

    "The 2015 list feels all the more galling because David Oyelowo's performance and Ava DuVernay's direction were not just extraordinarily good, but also very Oscar-friendly," he wrote. "That a stirring biopic about one of the most famous Americans in history, filled with brassy supporting performances from Oscar veterans like Tom Wilkinson and Tim Roth, with a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, couldn't get more Oscar attention feels more than surprising—it feels insulting."

    Sims was far from alone in his sentiment.

    Many online were shocked that actor David Oyelowo didn't receive a nomination for his performance in the film, and even more upset that Selma director Ava DuVernay -- who received a Golden Globe nomination for the same film -- was overlooked as a candidate for best director.

    It is of note that had DuVernay been nominated in this category, she would have been the first African-American woman (and one of only five women ever) nominated for best director at the Oscars.
  3. A great deal on conversation this morning revolved around the startling lack of ethnic diversity among this year's acting nominees, however.

    The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, first used by @ReignOfApril, emerged on Twitter at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday after the Academy's nomination ceremony had finished.

    Spurred on, perhaps, by by years worth of headlines pinning the average Academy voter as "a 63-year-old white man," many users criticized the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself.
  4. Others called out the "white-washed" nominee list as evidence of a lack of minorities in Hollywood and of problematic representations of non-white people in the media at large.
  5. The hashtag, which now boasts more than 36,000 tweets on it, continues to gain steam as it trends in the U.S. and several Canadian cities.

    You can check out more#OscarsSoWhite tweets (many of which are simply pop-culture infused jokes made at the expense of Oscar voters) right here.

    And to share your thoughts on the 2015 Oscar nominations, join us for a live chat at 7 p.m. ET Thursday with CBC Arts reporter and film critic Eli Glasner.
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