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Industry critics rue all-white ballot in 2016 Oscar nominations

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Chief among the surprise omissions this year were Michael B Jordan for "Creed" and Idris Elba (right) for his performance in "Beasts of No Nation". Will Smith (left) had also been considered a possible nominee.

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Chief among the surprise omissions this year were Michael B Jordan (above) for "Creed" and Idris Elba for his performance in "Beasts of No Nation". Will Smith had also been considered a possible nominee.

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Director Spike Lee (in blue) said: "We may win an Oscar now and then, but an Oscar is not going to fundamentally change how Hollywood does business."

New York

IS IT the members who vote on the Oscars, the films, the campaigns behind them or something else?

On Friday, the day after the Oscar nominations were announced, revealing that all 20 contenders for acting awards were white and that films with black themes had been shut out

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