Critics' Choice Awards: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross take jab at Oscar noms' lack of diversity

Gina Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross and More Respond to Oscar Diversity Controversy


Well, that didn't take long.

At the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday night, the first presenters of the evening -; black-ish co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross -; took at jab at the Oscars three days after the Academy did not nominate any black actors in those categories.

After Anderson noted that many actors who win a Critics' Choice Award go on to win Oscars, Ross replied: "Yes that's true, so if you're nominated tonight, give yourself a round of applause. You could go on to win an Oscar."

Chimed in Anderson: "Yeah for you, Tracee, that means only half of you will get to go to that show."

In an effort to explain the joke to a seemingly confused audience, Ross added: "Yes, you didn't get that. I'm mixed." (Her parents are Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein.)

After the Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite from last year was revived.

"It almost seems like a sequel to last year," said GilRobertson, president of the African American Film Critics Association. "Certainly, the people who were nominated gave performances that were deserving of noms. But one would have hoped that given the nominations a film like Straight Outta Compton has received from other guilds, it would have received a best picture nomination. That just leaves you scratching your head, because there is overlap between the Academy and the other groups. So where does the disconnect take place?"

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Critics' Choice Awards: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross take jab at Oscar noms' lack of diversity

Hayden Panettiere was all smiles in a gorgeous blush Grecian gown with a super revealing, cleavage-baring bodice.  

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Jennifer Aniston ditched her usual, form-fitting gowns for a more flowy bluish-gray number with a ruffled neckline and super-high slit. Silver sandals and fresh highlights completed her summery look. The star's hubby Justin Theroux looked dapper on his part in a skinny black suit and skinnier black tie.

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Amy Schumer or Marilyn Monroe? The "Trainwreck" creator wowed in a modern, white halter dress reminiscent of the blonde bombshell's famous look. 

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Rachel McAdams can do no wrong on the red carpet and she showed off her stunning physique in a burgundy dress with gold straps and gold belt. She punched up the look with a matching pucker and tousled tresses.

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She's a stunner! Rosie Huntington-Whiteley never disappoints -- and Sunday night was no exception. The model wowed in a fabulous black gown with an asymmetrical neckline and thigh-high slit.

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Marisa Tomei was fun and flirty in a lacy minidress with eye-catching floral embroidery.  She polished off her look with  sleek locks and smoky eyes. 

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Kirsten Dunst looked spectacular in a vintage-looking ruffled gown with beaded details and satin slippers. A sleek bob and dark lips completed her blast-from-the-past look.

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Classy mama! Liv Tyler flaunted her growing baby bump in a sexy, satin-like gown with a blouson top and form-fitting skirt.

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"Jane the Virgin" star Yael Grobglas looked absolutely flawless in a simple, elegant blush gown with thin spaghetti straps and a stunning fit. Red lips, a chic updo and delicate accessories completed her dazzling ensemble. 

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Actress Rachel Bloom rocked a one-shouldered black jumpsuit and platform heels. She finished off the modern look with a clutch and smoky eyes. 

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Krysten Ritter dazzled in an eye-catching brown gown with a pleated skirt and modern neckline. The "Jessica Jones" actress completed her look with a sleek blowout and glam makeup.

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Sarah Paulson looked just about ready for Studio 54 in a disco-ball-esque minidress with a satin collar.

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Leslie Mann channeled her inner ballerina in a adorable midi dress with a gauzy, ombre tutu and formfitting bodice. A dancer's top not and black heels rounded out the look. 

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Highly-acclaimed "Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez was pretty as a peach in a creamsicle-colored, short-sleeved gown and a gorgeous cocktail ring.

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Dame Helen Mirren looked elegant in a long-sleeved black and white gown that complemented her svelte figure. Red lips added a pop of color to the fabulous look. 

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"Fresh Off The Boat" actress Constance Wu rocked a plunging blue chiffon mermaid-style gown with a one-shouldered cape detail. A braided crown and pastel clutch completed her easy, breezy look. 

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Melissa McCarthy totally missed the mark in an unflattering, safari-esque gown with a strange scarf detail in the front. The one redeeming quality? The grassy green complemented her red locks perfectly.

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"Transparent" star Judith Light kept cozy and warm in a full-length skirt and sharp navy blazer. What do you think of the billowy look? 

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TV personality Samantha Harris showed off her tight tummy and some serious leg in a navy blue crop top and matching skirt.   

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Actress Sarah Hay donned a little black dress with a seriously high-slit and gold accessories.

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She's pretty in pink! Actress Niecy Nash was ultra-glam in a powder pink gown with cascading ruffles, pink lipstick and sparkly accessories.

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Carrie Keagan looked ravishing in a body-hugging, red number! What do you think of the cool sleeves and belled bottom? 

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Hugh Dancy looked sophisticated in a classic black tux!

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Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey kept her look classic and simple in a sleek navy blue slip dress.

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Producer Marti Noxon took pink to another level with pink hair and a dress to match!

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Actress Constance Zimmer absolutely mesmerized us in a striped black and nude dress.

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Breeda Wool took a plunge in a deep, low-cut, burgundy gown with a fishtail bottom. She finished off the look with gold accessories and light pink lips. 

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TV personality Kevin Frazier looked dashing in sharp, black tuxedo.

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Wowza! "Jurassic Park" star Bryce Dallas Howard turned up the head in a body-hugging black dress with a plunging neckline. She doubled down on sexiness with a long diamond necklace and platform heels.  

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The handsome actor Wes Bentley looked clean cut in a sharp, double-breasted tuxedo.

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Emerald city! 'Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik kept things cool in a jewel-toned, long-sleeved emerald dress. 

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Tiziana Rocca donned a white, floor-length gown complete with lots of arm candy!

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"The Wolf of Wall Street" actress Aya Cash rocked a sleek, sharp tuxedo suit, complete with killer shoes gold and black stilettos. 

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Songwriter Diane Warren went retro in a music-inspired record-print tunic and skinny slacks.  

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"The Middle" star Eden Sher looked beautiful in a geometric-inspired strapless number and soft tousled hair.

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The stunning TV personality Liz Hernandez rocked a wide-legged red jumpsuit complete with killer pointy heels. 

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What a cutie! Actor Jacob Tremblay looked dashing and handsome in classic black tuxedo complete with a patterned tie.

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The dashing "Jane the Virgin" actor Justin Baldoni rocked a navy blue suit and black shirt, black tie combination. 

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"Girls" alum actress Shiri Appleby donned a flowy burnt orange gown complete with wavy locks and soft, ethereal makeup. 

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Newly engaged couple Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham looked adorable and stunning in matching black attire. Whiteley rocked a high-slit dress showing off major leg and completed the look with a sleek bun.

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"The Wiz Live!" star Shanice Williams rocked a strapless jewel-encrusted bustier and black pantsuit combination and sleek gold heels.

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Heidi Balvanera, left, and "Jane the Virgin" star Jaime Camil donned matching black attire in a floor-length black gown and sharp tuxedo.

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David James Elliott, left, and Nanci Chambers looked adorable and sweet in a sharp classic tuxedo and a sheer, long-sleeved gown.

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'Walking in Circles" star Katie Wilson looked stunning in a cobalt-blue, floor-length gown while comedian Andre Meadows looks handsome in an all-black ensemble. 

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"Nashville" star Jonathan Jackson rocked a cool brown-colored three-piece suit, which was a nice departure from all the dark looks. The berry-colored tie added even more to his fun style. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Internet personality Steve Zaragoza and actress Bree Essrig hit the award show. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross added a little bit of dazzle to her black dress with embellished sleeves and bright earrings. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Bradley James was looking good in a classic tux and tie combo. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
She's a ray of sunshine! Kathryn Hahn brought some much-needed color to the blue carpet in a bright yellow dress, which seems to be one of the hot colors of the award season. She addd even more depth to the look with bright red lips. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Chris Geere donned a nice three-piece suit. Unfortunately, it might habe been a little too tight and short along the anles.  (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images)
Monochromatic lady! Cherry Jones rocked an all-black pantsuit and fun glasses. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Lena Waithe rocked a classic, navy tux.

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"Empire" star Bryshere Y. Gray cleans up nice! The hunky actor looked better than ever in classic tux that had a bit of shine to it.

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Cleopatra Coleman rocked a classic LBD and red lipstick.

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Jay Duplass opted for a classic, white cocktail jacket and black slacks.

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 Cinematographer Edward Lachman sported a leather caost jacket complete with a black fedora.

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Kate Gorney and host T. J. Miller turned heads in their ensembles, she more than he. Gorney went for a va va voom look in a blue, velvet dress with sheer cutouts. The dress seemed better suited for Vegas than the red carpet.  

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"Wolf Hall" actor Damian Lewis switched it up in a mid-calf-length suit jacket. 

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"The Affair's" Maura Tierney showed off her modern and sophisticated side in a black blouse and billowing turquoise skirt. The casual look was perfect for the lower-key occasion.

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"Master of None" creator and actor Aziz Ansari looked super-svelte in a chic tux.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh played it safe in this simple black and white number, but there's definitely not anything wrong with that. The classic number was a showstopper.

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"Jane the Virgin" actress Andrea Navedo flaunted her cleavage in a strappy blue bandage dress. 

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Mary J. Blige channeled the 1970s in a sexy, flouncy black dress with billowing sleeves and a flowy skirt. The look was both sophisticated and fun.

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"The "Danish Girl" star Alicia Vikander rocked a sleeveless, beaded gown and it was out of this world. The intricate patterns and colors showed off her classic but avant garde style. We can't wait to see what this red carpet newcomer wears next. 

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"Brooklyn" star Saoirse Ronan looked gorgeous and whimsical in a light blue floor-length gown with jewel-encrusted shoulders that made her blue eyes pop even more! She completed her look with a soft waves. 

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Actress and comedian Lily Tomlin donned a metallic navy pleated skirt and fitted blazer that made her grey-blue eyes pop.

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Wowza! "Transparent" star Amy Landecker stunned in a glittery halter dress that showed off her toned arms and killer body.

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The dapper Christian Slater kept things classy in a sharp skinny tux.

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Va-va-voom! Riley Keough rocked a body-hugging sequined jumpsuit complete with major ring bling.  

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Joanne Froggatt looked stunning in a metallic blue strapless dress and chic simple accessories.

(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

"True Detective" star Abigail Spencer looked beautiful in a blushing pink ruffled halter dress.

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The beautiful "Pitch Perfect" actress Kether Donohue donned a structured red strapless gown complete with vampy lips and soft tousled hair.

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Finn Wittrock attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Kate Beckinsale attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Kristen Schaal attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Lily Rabe arrives at the The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Rami Malek attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Zoe Kravitz arrives at the The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Producer Mark Burnett (L) and actress Roma Downey attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Emmy Rossum arrives at The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Regina King attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Singer Neyo (R) and Crystal Renay attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor O'Shea Jackson Jr. attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Vincent Kartheiser attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Neil Brown Jr. attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actors Adam DeVine (R) and Chloe Bridges attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Porsche)
Actors Zoe Kazan (L) and Paul Dano arrive for the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on January 17, 2016. / AFP / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: January Jones arrives at the The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actors Kasia Ostlun and Jeffrey Tambor attend The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Sylvester Stallone, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Creed', poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Mary Steenburgen attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Lisa Ann Russell (L) and TV personality Jeff Probst attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: TV personality Adam Savage attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Matt Damon (R) and Luciana Barroso attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Porsche)
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