The 2016 Oscars lineup is startling in its lack of diversity. All twenty nominated actors are white for the second year in a row. Will Smith wasn’t nominated for his role in Concussion, Idris Elba was passed over for Beasts of No Nation, Benicio Del Toro’s Sicario performance went unnoticed, Straight Outta Compton was overlooked for best picture and Creed only garnered a nomination for Sylvester Stallone.
In response, Jada Pinkett-Smith announced she’d be boycotting the show, telling fans in a Facebook video: “Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people and we are powerful.” She also addressed the fact that the Oscars chose a black host this year, comedian Chris Rock: “At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?” she asked in a tweet. (more…)