Lupita Nyong'o, who will be seen in the Broadway transfer of Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, which is set to begin performances at the Golden Theatre Feb. 23 with an official opening March 6, is the latest actor to express her frustration in the lack of diversity in this year's Academy Award nominations.
In an Instagram post, Nyong'o — the last black actor to win an Oscar (for her role in 2014's "12 Years a Slave") — said that she was "disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations." Only white men and women were nominated in the 20 acting categories two years in a row.
"It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture," Nyong’o added. "The awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today."
Read her complete post below:
George Clooney, Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, David Oyelowo and Will Packer, according to Variety, have also expressed criticism of this year's nominations.