The A.V. Club
Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations were more notable for who they left out than the group of names included. The announcement was a list of the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and Mark Ruffalo. Notably absent from the pool was any actor of color—the second year in a row that the Academy has elected an all-white group of nominees—and Todd Haynes’ Carol, the acclaimed 1950s lesbian drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Carol’s actors both reaped nods, but the film and its director were shut out of the top categories, despite that Carol was considered all but a lock for a Best Picture nod.