I've noticed over the last several years it seems to switch back and forth. It's is like one year is white year, then the next year is minority year, and then back to white year, and then the next back to minority year. Coincidence? Or Planned?
Isn't it based on some sort of voting within the industry?http://www.boxofficemojo.com/siteinfo/?id=2253
"Each year, the Academy publishes a list of qualifying movies, from which the nearly 6,000 members select their top five choices in each category on ballots, ranked first to fifth. All members of the Academy vote for Best Picture, while the other categories are mostly voted on by their respective branches (e.g., only actors vote in the acting categories). "http://mentalfloss.com/article/54560/how-are-oscar-nominees-chosen
"the Oscar voting process is managed by an accounting team at PricewaterhouseCoopers ... the firm mails the ballots of eligible nominees to members of the Academy in December"
"Becoming a Part of the Club
To become one of the 6028 voting members of the Academy, you better be in the business. Aside from requiring an “unusually high level of quality and distinction” in their respective fields, candidates must also meet quantitative standards. Writers, producers, and directors must have at least two screen credits to their names, while actors must have credited roles in at least three films. Candidates in technical branches of filmmaking—like art directors or visual effects supervisors—must be active in their fields for a certain number of years (just how many varies based on the particular area of expertise)."