Academy Awards boss talks all-white Oscars: 'It's time for big changes'

Academy Awards boss talks all-white Oscars: 'It's time for big changes'

Academy Awards boss talks all-white Oscars: 'It's time for big changes'

The NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton also failed to earn a best picture nomination, and Ryan Coogler's acclaimed Rocky sequel Creed scored a nomination only for Sylvester Stallone.

Hubert has spoken out many times about her distaste for Will. Even as recently as 2013, she told the Insider in 2013 that Smith did "some heinous, awful things to me - they were like bad kids, Will and Alfonso [Ribiero], especially Alfonso".

Jada began by posting a three-part comment on Twitter explaining her decision.

The daytime panelist predicted that the Academy would continue to have a diversity problem until Hollywood makes more movies "with people of color". "But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. You have to keep in mind that people of colour are 40% of film ticket buyers". "And let's do us differently". "With much respect in the midst of dark disappointment".

"This is a hard but important conversation, and it's time for big changes", she said. Pinkett Smith and Lee both took to social media yesterday to talk about the issue. "Remember that? And your response to me was, 'My deal is my deal is and y'alls deal is y'alls deal.' Well karma must be a bitch cause now here you are".

Spike Lee, long overlooked by the academy, was scheduled to be awarded an honorary Oscar this year, but in an Instagram post said he won't be there to receive it.

"Especially the last two years when there has been extraordinary performances by black actors".

Recent additions among black actors, musicians and directors include Chris Rock - the 2016 Oscars host -, Oscar victor Lupita Nyong'o, Prince, Pharrell Williams, "Selma" director Ava DuVernay, comedian Kevin Hart and Steve McQueen, the black British director of 2014 Oscar-winning movie "12 years a Slave". "I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion", she wrote. When guest co-host, Sunny Hostin, said that the "African American dollar" is being ignored, Whoopi said there are bigger issues at stake and more conversation must be had to remedy the problem.

Last week's Oscar nominations sparked a major diversity controversy when, for the second year in a row, all 20 acting honors went to white actors. We have to escalate our feelings and we have to escalate our activism to now, within my view, impact the bottom line, because appeals and only dialogues do not appear to reap any benefits or change for the community at large. After "12 Years a Slave" won three Oscars in 2014, including best picture, many hoped the need for diversity discussions would diminish.

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