Lupita Nyong’o joins critics of 2016 Oscar Nominations

Lupita Nyong'o signs Star Wars poster
Lupita Nyong'o signs a Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster. Photo: Instagram/lupitanyongo

Kenya’s Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has joined other black movie professionals in criticising this year’s nominations, which have no black actors included in the the coveted list.

The star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the first Kenyan to win an Oscar after being awarded the 2014 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s historical drama, 12 Years A Slave.

Lupita, daughter of Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o, expressed her disappointment through her Instagram account.

Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith and director Spike Lee have publicly vowed to boycott the much celebrated awards, while other black actors have criticised the Academy.

Academy President Boone Isaacs also condemned the lack of inclusion, saying: “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.”