Last year #OscarsSoWhite spread all over Twitter, this year it broke the internet. The Academy Awards nominees were announced last week and not a single non-white actor was shortlisted in any of the four major acting categories.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee were among those leading the backlash, calling for a boycott of the ceremony, and since then numerous stars have had their say.
Jada’s husband Will Smith has since added his name to the list of actors boycotting the ceremony. “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize (Theron),” he explained. “We’ve discussed it. We’re part of this community. But at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK.”
Why did the Oscars announce all the white nominees first?
“People, the truth is we ain’t in those rooms, and until minorities are, the Oscar nominees will remain lily white.”
Filmmaker Michael Moore joined the boycott immediately, saying: “I stand with Jada and Spike.”
George Clooney in an interview with Variety said that African Americans “have a real fair point that the industry isn’t representing them well enough. If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated.”
David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, explained that “This institution doesn’t reflect [The Academy’s] president and it doesn’t reflect this room. I am an Academy member and it doesn’t reflect me, and it doesn’t reflect this nation.”
John Stamos (Two and a Half Men)said, “Hollywood, this isn’t just about diversity, it’s about talent and you missed out on giving a thumbs up to both today.”
Chris Rock, host of the upcoming Oscars ceremony, wrote:
Alec Baldwin vehemently stated that, “After the Oscars they should have the ‘We F***ed Up’ Awards. And they should give @BeastsOfNation the recognition it deserves.”
At the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, Danny Devito bluntly explained that “We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racial tendencies which – racist tendencies – so sometimes it’s manifested in things like this and it’s illuminated, but just generally speaking we’re a racist – we’re a bunch of racists.”
Don Cheadle (Avengers) stated that “This is dealing with the symptom and not starting a the root cause of how do we even get to results like this.”
And then there is Snoop Dogg, taking a different angle, but opinionated nonetheless.