Morgan Freeman

#OscarsSoWhite, and old and male

It is easy to be disappointed by the news that this year's 20 nominees for the Academy Awards for leading and supporting actors and actresses included no nonwhite nominees — for the second year in a row.

It is tougher to figure out what to do about it. The hashtag movement #OscarsSoWhite popped up for the second year on Twitter. Jada Pinkett Smith, apparently miffed that her husband Will Smith's widely praised performance in "Concussion" was passed over, said on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that she would not attend the Oscars and encouraged others to join her.

Spike Lee, whose movie "Chi-Raq" also was passed over, joined in. So did Will Smith, who told...