A year ago, the Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón won the directing Oscar for “Gravity.” Actress Lupita Nyong’o, who is African American, took the supporting actress trophy for “12 Years a Slave.” The other nominees included non-white actors Chiwetel Ejiofor from “12 Years a Slave” and Barkhad Abdi from “Captain Phillips.”
Now that this year’s Oscar race is coming into focus, the early Academy Award favorites are far less diverse. In fact, it might be the whitest shortlist in about two decades.
Film writer Kyle Buchanan of Vulture.com recently wrote a story headlined, "Will This Be the Whitest Oscars in Almost 2 Decades?"
He came on The Frame to discuss the early award projections, and how “Selma” and “Unbroken” could bring some late diversity to the Oscar battles.