Oscar 2014: Acting Category Racially Homogeneous–All-White Thespians

This year, the 20 Academy Awards acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses.

Among the notable snubs was David Oyelowo, who received praise for his turn as the late Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma.

In 2011, the 20 nominees also was entirely white. Before that, one has to go back to 1998 for an entirely all-white acting group.

The all-white nominees list comes at time when Hollywood is fielding criticism for not doing enough to promote diversity in filmmaking.

Last month, Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin were apologizing for leaked emails that appeared to be racially insensitive.

Rudin was nominated this morning for producing best picture nominee The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Oscar acting nominations are typically a reflection of the best roles of the year available to actors and actresses.

Last year, actress Lupita Nyong’o took home the best supporting actress Oscar for the film 12 Years a Slave, which featured a mostly black cast and also won the best picture statuette.

But this year’s Oscar nominees, including the best picture heat, has a decidedly racially homogenous feel, with the exception of Selma, which was nominated for the top prize.  But Selma helmer Ava DuVernay was overlooked in the best director category.

Among the white nominees, British actors feature prominently. Two of the Best Actors are from the U.K.: Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch.   In the Best Actress category, one actress, Marion Cotillard, is French.