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.”