Minority Filmmakers Who Deserved an Award Nomination in 2016

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For the second year in a row, the lack (or non-existence) of minorities in the Oscar nomination pool has left people of color outraged and many celebrities calling for a boycott. While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs,has vowed to do more to rectify this issue for future years, there are many artists who did great work this year that unfortunately won't be recognized.2016'sOscar nomineesall gave spectacular performances, and while nothing should be taken away from them, there are definitely some artists who are lacking from this list.

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1. Best Picture: 'Straight Outta Compton'

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Straight Outta Compton chronicles the rise of the influential Los Angeles-based rap group N.W.A. The members of N.W.A. grew up being held down by police brutality and racism and used music, the only weapon available to them, to overcome and start a social revolution. The movie turns the lens on the unseen struggle of the often villainized subculture and the issues they faced that are unfortunately still ever present in 2016 America. 

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2. Best Picture: 'Chi-Raq'

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Based loosely on Aristophanes' Greek comedy Lysistrata, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq takes on Chicago's gang violence through the lens of a fresh, unique storytelling vehicle. While Lee is a critically acclaimed director, his inspiring film was noticeably left out of the Oscar nominations this year. 

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3. Best Picture: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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When a movie becomes the second highest grossing film of all time, universally loved and critically praised, you would expect it to receive some sort of recognition in the awards season. Whether the movie's leads, a black man and a white woman, had anything to do with the lack of love at the Oscars can only be left up to speculation.  

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4. Best Actor: Michael B Jordan 'Creed'

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There's not doubt that Michael B. Jordan is slowly becoming one of the greatest actors of our time. From Friday Night Lights to Fruitvale Station, his choice of projects and the acting ability he brings to each role he embodies, makes us trust him as an actor. What's most infuriating about the Oscar snub for his performance in Creed is the fact that his supporting actor, Sylvester Stallone, did receive a nomination. 

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5. Best Actor: Abraham Attah 'Beasts of No Nation'

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Newcomer, Abraham Attah, gave a stunning performance as a child soldier in this year's Beast of No Nation. And while Attah is sweeping up other awards and receiving scores of critical acclaim, he was left out of the Oscar race this year.

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6. Best Actor: Will Smith 'Concussion'

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Will Smith's portrayal of Nigerian pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in the film Concussion, was nothing short of extraordinary. The actor met with Omalu on a number of occasions, and learned to seamlessly adapt his accent. While the writing of Concussion might not have worked for everyone, Smith's acting chops carried the film, making him worthy of the Academy's praise. 

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7. Best Actress: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez 'Tangerine'

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In the truly original film Tangerine, which was shot entirely on an iPhone, audiences saw a hilarious, breakthrough performance by Kitana Kiki Rodriguez. And while critics are hailing Rodriguez's portrayal of Sin-Dee Rella, a transgender woman living in Hollywood, the film and Kitana received no love this awards season. 

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8. Best Supporting Actor: Samuel L. Jackson 'The Hateful Eight'

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When Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino get together, one can expect some cinematic gold to appear on screen. Unfortunately this year, that gold didn't equal Oscar gold for this beloved actor. 

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9. Best Supporting Actor: Idris Elba 'Beasts of No Nation'

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Idris Elba has proven time and time again what an amazing actor he is. And with his portrayal of the battalion leader, Commandant, in the stirring Netflix original film Beasts of No Nation, critics and fans felt the actor deserved a nomination. 

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10. Best Actress: Teyonah Parris 'Chi-Raq'

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In a year of movies that grossly under represented women of color, there was Chi-Raq that featured actress Teyonah Parris in a lead role. While many would have loved to see Parris' portrayal of Lysistrata be rewarded with an Oscar nomination, unfortunately, the voters in the Academy turned a blind eye. 

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11. Best Director: Todd Haynes 'Carol'

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While Carolwas shown a lot of love in this year's Oscar pool, Todd Haynes, the film's director, who happens to be gay,was notably left out. You would think when a film all-but-sweeps an awards show, the director of the film would also be praised for his efforts.

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12. Best Director: F. Gary Gray 'Straight Outta Compton'

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When confronting the #oscarssowhite movement one must look to the filmmakers of Straight Outta Compton as a cautionary tale. While F. Gary Gray's movie did receive a nomination, it went the the films white screenwriter. Sadly, the images and emotions that Gray was able to capture from that script weren't awarded as well. 

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13. Best Director: Ryan Coogler 'Creed'

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Creed is a movie that's somewhat of a continuation of the Rocky movies. With the resurrection of the Oscar winning franchise, and accomplished director Ryan Coogler calling the shots, capturing the dynamic nature of a boxing film, one would think that he might be recognized for his tremendous accomplishments. Unfortunately he wasn't. 

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