'SNL' took a swing at Hollywood with #OscarsSoWhite sketch

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" lampooned Hollywood's Oscar diversity controversy.

In its own fictional awards show, the "Screen Guild Awards," every nomination named a white actor in a bit movie role where there was a clearly more-deserving African-American actor or actress for the honor.

"And now, the award for best actor," said the presenter, played by Cecily Strong. "There were so many great performances this year. It's a shame we couldn't nominate more, but I think we can all agree this was the best of the best."

The ridiculous nominations would include some pretty small roles, such as "Dave the librarian" in a biopic of Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court judge, and the "man with camera," in a movie similar to "Beasts of No Nation."

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'SNL' took a swing at Hollywood with #OscarsSoWhite sketch

Best Picture

The Big Short

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Best Picture

Bridge of Spies

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Best Picture

Mad Max: Fury Road

(Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures)

Best Picture

The Martian

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

Best Picture

The Revenant

(Photo via Twentieth Century Fox)

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Best Picture


(Photo via Open Road Films)

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston

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Best Actor

Matt Damon

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Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio

(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Screen Actors Guild Foundation)

Best Actor

Michael Fassbender

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Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Best Actress

Cate Blanchette

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Best Actress

Brie Larson

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence

(Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage)

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan

(Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)


The more deserving black actors in the room couldn't help but show some disappointment over being passed over for the nomination.

In the end, the award was a tie. It went to... all the white actors.

The sketch follows the outcry among members of the Hollywood community – including director Spike Lee, actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and George Clooney – over the absence of nominations for black actors for a second consecutive year.

The Academy reiterated its intention to make diversity a priority, and is changing some rules to do so.

Watch "SNL's" timely sketch below:

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