Oscar Nominations Continue to Lack Diversity in Top Categories: Critics Say

Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, said "we are going to continue" talking.

— -- The criticism about the lack of diversity in nominations continued for a second year after the Academy Award nods were announced Thursday in Hollywood.

The critiques have reached Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who happens to be African-American.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs was not available for an interview with ABC News.

However, she told ABC affiliate, KABC-TV, "We are being louder and louder and we are going to continue this conversation and we're going to do more than just talk."

"The great thing is this -- like the women’s issue -- it's part of the conversation," Thelma Adams, a film critic for Gold Derby, told ABC News. "That's the most important thing."

Yesha Callahan, staff writer at TheRoot.com, said she is not surprised by the lack of diversity.

Callahan added, "They said 'Straight Outta Compton' was a blockbuster and the only person that got a nod was the screenwriter and he was a white guy."

In fact, both screenwriters for the film centered on Compton rap group, N.W.A., Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff received recognition and yes, they're both white.

"The central issue is until you get people of color directing, writing and starring, the Oscars are going to be so white because that’s who the studios and even the indies are putting on screen," Adams said. "It’s the fountain that is tainted, not the Oscars."

Instead of trying to change Hollywood, Callahan suggested a different strategy.

Adams suggested tuning into the small screen, whether it's broadcast, cable or streaming.

"That’s where you’re seeing diversity," she said. "It's changing on the television side, as its structure can appeal to niche markets."

So while Hollywood seems to be moving in the right direction on the small screen, it still has a long way to go on the big screen.

"Change is coming," Adams said, "but it didn’t come this year."

The 88th Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC at 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 28.

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