A comprehensive list of celebrities who have spoken out about the lack of diversity at the Oscars
For the second year in a row, the #OscarsSoWhite.
Of the 20 acting nominations at this year's Academy Awards, all 20 went to white actors. Now, actors like Jada Pinkett Smith and directors like Spike Lee have called for a boycott of the award show. Here are all the people who have spoken out, one way or another, about the lack of diversity.
(We will update this post as more actors discuss the lack of diversity.)
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President
"Of course it's disappointing," Boone Isaacs told ET. "[There were] a lot of tremendously good films. There's Straight Outta Compton, Concussion, Creed, Dear White People, Dope, OK? I hope this isn't discouraging for anybody and for filmmakers in particular. You just keep moving along. You keep out there. We will keep out there. We will keep pushing that pedal. We're going to keep pushing it."
Chris Rock, Academy Awards Host
"The #Oscars. The White BET Awards," Rock tweeted.
"The Academy has a problem. It's a problem that needs to be solved," Oyelowo said at the King Legacy Awards. "The reason why the Oscars are so important is because it is the zenith, it is the epitome, it is the height of celebration of artistic endeavor within the filmmaking community. We grow up aspiring, dreaming, longing to be accepted into that august establishment because it is the height of excellence."
He continued, "I would like to walk away and say it doesn't matter, but it does, because that acknowledgement changes the trajectory of your life, your career, and the culture of the world we live in. I am an Academy member and it doesn't reflect me, and it doesn't reflect this nation."
"I saw somebody on your show today say, 'Well, what do we do with BET?'" Trump said on Fox & Friends. "The whites don't get any nominations, and I thought it was an amazing interview, actually. I've never even thought of it from that standpoint. I've watched over the years where African Americans have in fact received Academy Awards and have in fact been represented and this is not one of those years, but over the years I've seen numerous black actors and African American actors receive awards and I think that's great."
"Yo, Chris. Come check me out at #TheOscars this year. They got me parking cars on G level," Cheadle tweeted.
"If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job," Clooney told Variety. "I think around 2004, certainly there were black nominees -- like Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman. And all of a sudden, you feel like we're moving in the wrong direction. There were nominations left off the table. There were four films this year: Creed could have gotten nominations; Concussion could have gotten Will Smith a nomination; Idris Elba could have been nominated for Beasts of No Nation; and Straight Outta Compton could have been nominated. And certainly last year, with Selma director Ava DuVernay -- I think that it's just ridiculous not to nominate her.
He continued, "But honestly, there should be more opportunity than that. There should be 20 or 30 or 40 films of the quality that people would consider for the Oscars. By the way, we're talking about African Americans. For Hispanics, it's even worse. We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it."
"For me personally, I'm kind of in the midst of trying to figure it out, knowing full well that there were definitely a lot of movies that could have been up for Oscar contention," Rodriguez told ET. "But I think you also have to look at the diversity on the Academy's board. It's not as diverse as reflected in today's society. There should be more movies that are made with diverse faces."
Jada Pinkett Smith
"At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments," Pinkett Smith wrote on Facebook. "Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J."
"I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations," Nyong'o wrote on Instagram. "It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture. The awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today. I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them."
"I don't know if avoiding it altogether is going to help, but I just think we have to continue to move forward," Nash told ET. "We have this awareness and this spotlight -- we've got to look at other work. There's other work out there that I think was missed. We've just got to do better."
"They called me to go present with Pharrell and Common. When I'm back, I'm going to ask [them] to let me speak for five minutes on the lack of diversity. If not, I'm not going to [present]," Jones said, via The Hollywood Reporter. "I've been involved with Academy longer than I care to remember. I was the first black board member. I hate 'first black,' because that means 'only.' There are two ways to do it, you can boycott or you can fix it. It's frightening to see 90 percent white and 80 percent white male."
"Somebody was actually like am I gonna watch the mother**king Oscars. F**k no," Snoop said in an Instagram video. "What the f**k am I going to watch that bulls**t for? They ain't got no n*****s nominated. All these great movies and all this great s**t ya'll keep stealing from us. F**k you!"
"How is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white?" Lee wrote on Instagram. "And let's not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can't act?! WTF!!...For too many years when the Oscars nominations are revealed, my office phone rings off the hook with the media asking me my opinion about the lack of African-Americans and this year was no different. For once, (maybe) I would like the media to ask all the white nominees and studio heads how they feel about another all-white ballot. If someone has addressed this and I missed it then I stand mistaken."
He continued, "As I see it, the Academy Awards is not where the 'real' battle is. It's in the executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks. This is where the gate keepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to 'turnaround' or scrap head. This is what's important...As the great actor Leslie Odom Jr. sings and dances in the game-changing Broadway musical, Hamilton, 'I wanna be in the room where it happens.' People, the truth is we ain't in those rooms. And until minorities are, the Oscar nominees will remain lilly white."
"We don't make movies to get accolades, frankly. It's very nice when your peers and your cohorts are honored. We're so happy for Sylvester Stallone," Thompson told ET. "I think he gives the best performance of his career and so we're happy to see him honored. It's a complicated thing. I'm really happy with the invention of #OscarsSoWhite and talk about a boycott that has the Academy now thinking, 'We probably need to think about our membership.' If we want diversity in the nominations, we need diversity in the people that are voting. And that's absolutely true...So I'm hoping in this next year, we'll see some change."
"Is Chris Rock still gonna host the Oscars after this blatant racism?? Is everyone still gonna show up??" Tyrese wrote on Facebook. "In this town, I guess it takes homosexuals to be discriminated against in order for someone to finally step UP and wanna do something. You have to take your hat off to the homosexual and gay community cause right now they're as strong as black people USE to be when it comes to their rights...For the record...... I HATE that this is all happening on the year that Leonardo DiCaprio is gonna win his first Oscar for BEST ACTOR...... Leo looooooveeessssss black people!!!!!! Leo in my homie!!!!!"
"It's not that the problem is that the people who are nominated are too white," Goldberg said on The View. "They're not looking at a movie and saying, 'Oh, that's very white. I'm not going to nominate that black movie.' They're not sitting there like that! What the problem is, the people who can be helping to make movies that have blacks and Latinos and women and all that -- that movie doesn't come to you. Because the idea is that there's no place for black movies."
She continued, "In the history of movies, there has not been a plethora of black movies made, because people think we don't want to see movies with black people in them. So, until you start making movies like The Avengers with more than 70 white folks saving the earth -- and I am mad about this, you know why? Because I would like to be one of those people saving the earth, but they're not coming to me!...I'm not going to boycott, but I will continue to b**ch all year round. You wanna boycott something? Don't go see the movies that don't have your representation. That's the boycott you want."
As for the actors who did get nominated, here is how they responded:
Check out more form Hollywood in the gallery below!
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