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Oscar Luncheon photo reveals barely a black face among white nominees

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The annual Oscar Luncheon has done little to pacify the claims that this year’s Academy Awards is a white wash.

With the majority of nominees gathering together for the picture during the traditional bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, white faces dominated the photo.

The only high-profile black nominee – The Weeknd – who has been nominated for Best Original song for can be seen on the left side of the photo in the backrow.

Newspix The Oscar nominees pose for a silly version of the photo

The Oscar nominees pose for a silly version of the photo

This year’s Oscars has been over-shadowed by the diversity row after not one non-white actor was nominated in the four acting categories for the second year in a row.

Stars including Jada Pinkett-Smith and director Spike Lee threatened to boycott the ceremony following the nomination announcement last month and urged others to join them.

Comedian Chris Rock, who will be hosting the 88th Oscars, failed to attend the lunch.

He has received criticism for not stepping down from the role following the race scandal, but has since insisted he would make sure to address it on the night.

In response to the backlash Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she was “heartbroken and frustrated” by the all-white nominations list and promised reform.

She wrote in a statement: “I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion.

“This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.

“In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”

Getty Sylvester Stallone arrives at luncheon

Sylvester Stallone arrives at luncheon

Splash The Danish Girl actress, Alicia Vikander, stus in a red mini-dress

The Danish Girl actress, Alicia Vikander, stus in a red mini-dress

Some recognisable faces in the picture include Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson.

Charlotte Rampling, Rachel McAdams, Saoirse Ronan, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Ruffalo, Bryan Cranston and Sylvester Stallone were also among those snapped for the annual shot.

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REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Jennifer Lawrence rocks a plunging black suit

Jennifer Lawrence rocks a plunging black suit

Jennifer Lawrence stunned on the red carpet as she arrived for the luncheon in a black-fitted suit.

A veteran of the awards at just 25, she’s received her fourth nomination for her role in Joy.

Winning in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook, this year she’s up against Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling and Saoirse Ronan in the leading actress category.

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The full nominations:

Best picture

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

Scope Features Tom Hardy in Mad Max : Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



Best actor in a leading role

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Best director

Adam Mckay – The Big Short

Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson – Room

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Best actress in a leading role

Cate Blanchett

Brie Larson

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

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Best foreign language film

Embrace of the Serpant


Son of Saul


A War

Best animated feature film


Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep

Boy and the Wild

When Marnie Was There

Best actor in a supporting role

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Creed. Sylvester Stallone

Best film editing

The Big Short

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best production design

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

The Martian

The Revenant

Best adapted screenplay

The Big Short



The Martian


Best original screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out


Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Best animated short film

Bear Story


Sanjay’s Superteam

World of Tomorrow

Cate Blanchett in Carol

Best cinematography


Hateful Eight

The Revenant


Best original song

Earned It – 50 Shades of Grey

Til It Happens To You – The Hunting Ground

Writings On The Wall – Spectre

Manta Ray – Racing Extinction

Simple Song 3 – Youth

Best documentary – feature


Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened Miss Simone?

Best sound mixing

Bridge of Spies

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Best costume design



The Danish Girl

The Revenant

Best documentary – short subject

Body Team 12

Chau Beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann

A Girl in the River

Last Day of Freedom

The 88th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 28 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Funnyman Chris Rock will be hosting the glitzy star-studded affair. The last time he took the helm at the bash was back in 2005, when Million Dollar Baby won Best Picture.

Thanks to: mirror – US gossip

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