Happy Hollywood day, ladies! The 88th Annual Academy Awards are officially underway, and we’re more excited than a C-list celeb in the Oscar’s freebie room.
But despite the festive mood surrounding the event, not everyone is feeling the good vibes; with a chunk of Hollywood’s finest boycotting the 2016 Annual Academy Awards.
Why the boycott?
Put simply: it’s a whitewash. None of the actors nominated in the acting and directing category are of colour, and almost all are male.
According to Variety magazine,
“…The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences listed 23 total producers for the eight movies picked in the best-pic race; seven were women. For the two screenplay races, 17 individuals are nominated, with four women and no racial minorities.”
The lack of diversity is almost laughable – the only nominated talent from the all-black cast from Straight Outta Compton is for the four white, male, screenwriters; with one describing himself as a “white Jewish gay guy from Connecticut.”
Watch CBS talk about the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ snub below.
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You might remember a similar story from last year, and you’d be right. The Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was trending this time a year ago when the 87th Oscars showcased their mostly white, mostly male nominations.
It was therefore a shock for this year to see 20 acting nominations, and not one person of colour.
Who is boycotting?
There are a handful of major names who have announced that they will not be attending this year’s Oscars to protest against the lack of diversity.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have said they will be ditching the awards, with Jada posting on her Facebook page: “Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people, and we are powerful. So let’s let the Academy do them, with all grace and love. And let’s do us, differently.”
Other missing faces will include the prolific Spike Lee, British singer Anohni, directing pair Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVerney, and documentary director Roger Ross Williams.
What about host Chris Rock?