Not a single person of color was nominated for an acting Oscar -- the first time that's happened since 1998 -- and the academy omitted the civil rights film "Selma" from the directing and lead actor categories (though it did receive nods for original song and best picture).
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite caught fire on Twitter, with more than 41,000 individual tweets on Thursday.
One director who's less than surprised about the nominations is Spike Lee. His advice to "Selma's" director Ava DuVernay: Take the news in stride.
Lee stated: "F--k 'em," during an interview with the Daily Beast.
"That doesn't diminish the film. Nobody's talking about motherf--kin' 'Driving Miss Daisy.' That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like 'Do the Right Thing' is. Nobody's discussing 'Driving Miss Motherf--kin' Daisy'," Lee said. "So if I saw Ava today I'd say, 'You know what? F--k 'em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one."
Lee also added, "A lot of times, people are going to vote for what they're comfortable with, and anything that's threatening to them they won't."