January 16, 2015 — Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt was featured in a number of stories about the exclusion of minorities from major category nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards. Indeed, there were no minority actors nominated for the 20 acting award slots, only the second time this has happened since 1998. And despite being released to critical acclaim, Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma was shut out from nomination in all but one of the major categories (Best Picture). DuVernay, who would have been the first African American woman nominated for Best Director, was also snubbed by the Director’s Guild earlier in the week. Read Hunt’s commentary in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post HERE and HERE, and view his interview on KABC -TV HERE.
For more information on the Bunche Center’s 2014 Hollywood Diversity Report, please click HERE. The 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report is slated to be released by the Bunche Center on February 25, 2015.