OSCARS WHITEWASH: Movie fans outraged at awards nominations dominated by white actors

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Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale have all been nominated for an Oscar this year

The hashtag #OscarssoWhite started to trend on Twitter soon after the acting nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards were announced.

The stars nominated for best leading actor include, Briton Eddie Redmayne, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, while nominations for supporting actors include Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Sylvester Stallone.

Actresses nominated for leading and supporting roles includes, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Rachel McAdams.

None of the films landing nominations in major categories feature people of colour.

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Eddie Redmayne was nominated for the best actor award which he won last year

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Cate Blanchett was nominated for best actress for her role in Carol

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Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Best Screenplay but was written by two white screenwriters

Straight Outta Compton, which features a largely black cast, was nominated for Best Screenplay – but was written by two white screenwriters.

Social media users were quick to criticise Hollywood after pointing out white actors completely dominated the nominations.

One Twitter user posting: "Not one non-white face in in #LeadingActor or #LeadingActress #OscarNoms. Jesus Hollywood."

Another tweeted: "3/8 Best Pictures have female protagonists. 8/8 have white protagonists. "

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The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated under four categories

The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio led the race for the 2016 Oscars with 12 nominations, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road scoring 10.

Both films are nominated for best picture, along with The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Martian, Room and Spotlight.

Eddie Redmayne, hoping to repeat his 2015 success, competes against Leonardo DiCaprio for the best actor award.

Charlotte Rampling is in the running for best actress, while Kate Winslet is up for best supporting actress.

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