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?
Hollywood has been wondering how Chris Rock – who is hosting the ceremony again this year – will react to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
Among others, Tyrese Gibson (the super hot model who hosted America’s Top Model, FYI) even implied that Rock and other nominees should boycott the event:
“Is Chris Rock still gonna host the Oscars after this blatant racism?? Is everyone still gonna show up??” Gibson wrote.
Rock isn’t shying away from the topic, using his Twitter to announce a ‘Blackout’ at the awards a few days ago:
He took to Twitter again this morning, uploading a video promoting the Oscars with the caption, “The #Oscars. The white BET awards.”
Hollywood ain’t happy.
Hordes of other stars have jumped on board the diversity drama, with Bette Midler, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, David Oyelowo and more speaking out.
With the awards underway, we’re watching for an #OscarsSoWhite showdown.