Chris Rock Calls Oscars “The White BET Awards,” Jada Pinkett Smith Contemplates Boycott
Willie Grace | 1/19/2016, 6 a.m.
The backlash against the Oscars continued this weekend after host Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett-Smith shared their thoughts on the lack of people of color celebrated by the academy, The Huffington Post reports.
Since the announcement of the nominations last week, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite resurfaced, bringing attention to the fact no people of color were nominated in the performance categories. While there were plenty of powerful considerations — such as director Gary F. Gray and the cast of Straight Outta Compton, Will Smith for his portrayal of Dr. Bennett Omalu in Concussion, Idris Elba for his work in the critically acclaimed Netflix production Beasts of No Nation”and director Ryan Coolger for his work on Creed — none were nominated.
Creed and Straight Outta Compton were celebrated in very indirect ways — the NWA biopic is nominated for “Best Screenplay,” and Sylvester Stallone is nominated for “Best Supporting Actor,” while Michael B. Jordan, the lead actor in the film, received no nominations.
Viewers got a sneak peek of what to expect at the February show on Friday when Rock tweeted a promo and this accurate joke about the ceremony.
Meanwhile, actress and producer Jada Pinkett Smith also took to social media to express her disappointment and suggest a boycott of this year’s ceremony.
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