NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood’s awards season is taking shape, but if early indications are anything to go on, the Academy Awards won’t be fielding a much more diverse batch of nominees a year after the academy was ridiculed for an Oscars featuring only white actors.
It’s still early and the season is very much in flux, with some of the top contenders including the journalism drama “Spotlight,” the sci-fi adventure “The Martian” and the lesbian romance “Carol.” On Wednesday, the Screen Actors Guild Awards __ an important Oscars predictor __ will present their nominees, with the Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press on Thursday.
But the whiteness of the season has already drawn attention.
Surveying the 11 white nominees for best actor and best actress at the Gotham Independent Awards last week, co-host and “Broad City” star Ilana Glazer commented: “You guys could open up a Williams Sonoma.”
Oscar prognosticators are by no means a sure bet, but they offer a realistic gauge of what films and what performers are likely in the Oscar mix. Though several awards contenders have not yet opened in theaters, every film but “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been screened for press; for those following closely, much of the field is already established, long before Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 14.
The latest predictions gathered from Oscar watchers in a regular poll by the movie blog Movie City News __ the “Gurus o’ Gold” — forecast only one non-white nominee in all four acting categories: Idris Elba in “Beasts of Nation.” Outside chances include Will Smith (“Concussion”), Benicio del Toro (“Sicario”) and Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight”).
When the Hollywood Reporter convened likely actress nominees like Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”) and Brie Larson (“Room”) for its magazine cover round table — a regular glossy feature of awards season — it acknowledged a lack of diversity in its choices. Round table host Stephen Galloway faced the issue in a column, writing: “The awful truth is that there are no minority actresses in genuine contention for an Oscar this year.”