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Lack of diversity sore point at Academy Award nominations

A BACKLASH is expected over a lack of diversity in the Oscars’ acting categories and the fact that female filmmakers have been snubbed for best director.

Joker (above), a dark exploration of a troubled loner’s descent into madness, leads the way in nominations with 11, ahead of 1917, The Irishman and Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood which have 10 each.

With female filmmakers missing from the directing category, presenter Issa Rae made a pointed comment during the live broadcast of Academy Award contenders in Los Angeles, saying: ‘Congratulations to those men.’

Little Women’s Greta Gerwig and The Farewell’s Lulu Wang were considered to have a chance of being recognised, however Gerwig did earn a nod for best adapted screenplay while the film is up for best picture.

Four years on from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the acting categories also contained a lack of diversity.

In total, 19 of the 20 acting nominees across both the leading and supporting categories for men and women were white.