Out of the twenty Oscar nominations for actors announced this morning, only two went to actors of color.
Denzel Washington was nominated in the best performance by an actor in a leading role category for playing the boozy airline pilot in “Flight.”
Quvenzhané Wallis star of the widely acclaimed “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” earned a best-actress Oscar nomination on Thursday morning.
This is Denzel’s sixth career Academy Award nomination, making him the most honored black actor in history, according to TheGrio. He’s won twice before: supporting actor for 1989′s Glory and best actor for his villainous role in 2001′s Training Day.
Neither Jamie Foxx or Kerry Washington were nominated for their roles in “Django Unchained.” However, Christoph Waltz, who played the man who saved them from the slave trade, earned a nomination in the supporting actor category.
A 2012 L.A. Times investigation found The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that votes for the Oscars, is nearly 94 percent white and 77 percent male, Blacks made up about 2 percent of the academy, and Latinos made up less than 2 percent.
*Find a complete list of the latest actor nominees below. * *Performance by an actor in a leading role * * Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook” * Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” * Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables” * Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master” * Denzel Washington in “Flight”
*Performance by an actor in a supporting role * * Alan Arkin in “Argo” * Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook” * Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master” * Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln” * Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”
*Performance by an actress in a leading role * * Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty” * Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook” * Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour” * Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” * Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”
*Performance by an actress in a supporting role * * Amy Adams in “The Master” * Sally Field in “Lincoln” * Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables” * Helen Hunt in “The Sessions” * Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”