Don Cheadle: Here's why the Oscars are 'silly'

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Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle is at the Sundance Film Festival promoting his directorial debut, "Miles Ahead," a look at a dark period in the life of Miles Davis (played by Cheadle).

But the actor couldn't escape talking about the controversy surrounding this year's Oscar nominations and its lack of diversity.

"I guess I have to take some responsibility because I wrote a tweet that apparently was Earth shattering," Cheadle told Business Insider, referring to this tweet to Chris Rock once the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag began to trend:

The actor told BI that was just him joking with Rock, but "The best jokes are about some real s***," he added. "So I was joking about some real s***."

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But, to Cheadle, the recent attention to Hollywood's diversity problem shouldn't be focused on Oscar nominations. It should point to the decision-makers at the studios.

"It's the executive level, where the money is being spent and the deals are being made," Cheadle said, "these things are the underpinning of what happens in two weeks from now when someone gets a statue." And, to Cheadle, when the time comes that executive suites inside Hollywood studios look similar to the diverse landscape of the country, the Oscars still won't matter because, to him, it's just a "silly contest."

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"That's how I feel about it," said Cheadle. "This isn't about who scored the most points, this is about opinions and their subjective takes. Some [voters] haven't even seen all the movies they're voting on."

The controversy surrounding this year's Oscars has led actors like Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, ti announce they are boycotting this year's awards. Director Spike Lee is doing the same. Cheadle said he wasn't approached to boycott the Oscars and even if he was he wouldn't have done it.

"Boycott the Oscars this year with Chris Rock as the host?" said Cheadle. "No chance in hell. This could be a career defining moment for him."

"Miles Ahead" opens April 1.

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Wowzas! Julianne Moore looked drop-dead gorgeous in a form-fitting white sequined gown with elegant applique details. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Best actor nominee Eddie Redmayne has been killing it this award season style-wise. The "Theory of Everything" star was stylish in a navy tux beside. His wife Hannah Bagshawe stunned in an intricate gown with a Grecian silhouette and ethnic details. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Mom-to-be Keira Knightley looked straight out of a fairytale in a pretty embroidered gown and natural curls.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Kerry Washington was absolutely flawless in a chic white gown with a satin bodice and textural skirt. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
"American Sniper" leading man Bradley Cooper looked smokin' in a three-piece tux.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"American Sniper" actress Sienna Miller always owns the red carpet. The stylish starlet wowed in a stunning gown with intricate ribbing and laser-cut details. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jared Leto stuck to his personal style in a light gray tux and white shoes. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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Naomi Watts turned heads in an eye-catching printed gown and purple lips. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Can you believe Zoe Saldana just had twins? The new mom was glowing in a figure-hugging pink gown and elegant jewels.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Emma Stone stunned in a gold beaded gown and red lips. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Style maven Marion Cotillard stunned in a unique, white perforated gown cinched in below the waist. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Giuliana Rancic was ready to work the red carpet in a red-hot gown with stunning floral appliques. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Best actor nominee and "Birdman" star Michael Keaton looked dapper in a black tux.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jessica Chastain channeled old Hollywood in a super glam navy gown with a cowl neck. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest opted for a classic black tux. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Melanie Griffith, 57, showed off her hot bod in a form-fitting black gown, simple updo and sparkly clutch. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Roshumba Williams opted for one of this season's hottest colors -- red. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Cate Blanchett looked sophisticated in a simple black gown and turquoise necklace.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Michael Strahan looked totally handsome in a gray three-piece suit and smiled for the cameras.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Black Eyed Peas frontman Will i Am, 39,  strayed from the usual tuxedo dress code and donned a funky black and white getup. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Actress Katie Cassidy looked gorgeous in an ethereal embroidered gown in a stunning champagne color. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
John Stamos just keeps getting better with age! The actor smoldered in a black tux and red pocket square. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Model Dorith Mous opted for a dramatic red number. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
"Hunger Games" actor Josh Hutcherson was handsome in a simple black tux and perfectly-groomed coif. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"How to Get Away With Murder" actor Matt McGorry changed things up with a tweed jacket. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
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Jennifer Hudson flaunted her rockin' bod in a canary yellow column dress with a skinny metal belt. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Robin Roberts dazzled in a ruby-red sequined T-shirt gown. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Nancy O'Dell elongated her statuesque figure in a sexy black mermaid gown with a structural shoulder accent. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Kelly Osbourne brought the drama in a theatrical gown with a lace bodice and full cascading skirt. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Composer Mark Mothersbaugh and Anita Greenspan were all smiles in pink and black. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Production designer Maria Djurkovic and set decorator Tatiana MacDonald joined in on the fun in their black-tie best. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
Songwriter Diane Warren strayed from the usual in black slacks, booties and a metallic tuxedo jacket. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman opted for a yellow-hue sequin gown with a red sash. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Filmmakers Magda Hueckel and Tomasz Sliwinski coordinated in shades of blue. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Shaun Robinson went for a sunny yellow gown and simple curls.  (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Kelly Ripa stunned in a shimmery black strapless gown with a full ballroom skirt. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Actor David Oyelowo opted for a nontraditional red tux.(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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"How To Get Away With Murder" star Viola Davis looked elegant in a cream-colored off-the-shoulder gown. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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Gwyneth Paltrow looked gorgeous in a pink one-shoulder gown with a floral shoulder detail. A sleek ponytail and earrings completed the actress's modern look.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris sure clean up nice! The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star looked handsome in a tux, while his comedian wife dazzled in a shimmery ballroom gown. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Actress Andrea Riseborough opted for a simple yellow gown and feathered clutch. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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