Jada Pinkett Smith speaks out against lack of black nominees at Oscars 2016

There are no black actors up for any of the major awards this year

Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith appears to have criticised the Oscar committee for a lack of black actors among the nominees for any of the major categories this year.

Zero black actors have been nominated in the more prestigious categories for the 2016 awards, such as ‘Best Actor’ or ‘Best Actress’. The nominees were announced on Thursday (January 14), and in a year that includes such films as ‘Creed’, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Beasts Of No Nation’, many have been surprised at the perceived snubs of some expected contenders.

Pinkett-Smith, who is also married to two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith, took to Twitter to vent her frustration with the Academy. See the tweets below.

The nominations for the main acting categories this year are as follows:

Best Actor:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs