2017 Oscar Nominations Disappoint Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition

Dev Patel was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Lion.”

The 2017 Oscar nominations, announced Jan. 24 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, are a big disappointment to the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition.

This year’s nominations recognize some outstanding performances by people of color, particularly by African American actors and actresses, but four out of five of the nominees in the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director categories are white, and Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans were once again noticeably underrepresented or not represented at all, the coalition said.

“Creatives of color in Hollywood are producing outstanding work that fosters a greater understanding of today’s diverse America and we applaud all of the nominees announced by the Academy today,” said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition — the secretariat of the National Latino Media Council. “Without question, the multi-dimensional portrayals of our community are what audiences want and film studios fell short again this past year in meeting that need with greater opportunity for talent of all races and ethnicities.

“Latinos are outraged, our actors are not getting the opportunities to work in front of camera, and with few exceptions, in back of camera as well.”

Throughout 2016, the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition, including the National Latino Media Council, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC), American Indians in Film and Television (AIFT) and NAACP Hollywood Bureau, sought commitments from the top six film studio