For the second time in as many years the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite is trending on Twitter.
The reason is that, for the second time in two years, no actor of colour has been nominated for an Academy Award.
Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith, Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan are just a few of the high profile actors who were overlooked in this year’s nominations, despite each being eligible and each having put in stellar performances of late.
Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith was furious that her husband was snubbed for his role in ‘Concussion’ (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination) and took to social media to voice her criticism of the Oscars’ whitewash.
In a video — posted on Marthin Luther King’s birthday — she announced that she would be boycotting the awards ceremony posing the question: “Is it time that people of colour recognise how much power, influence that we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?”
“The Academy has the right to acknowledge whoever they choose, invite whoever they choose. Now I think it is our responsibility to make the change,” she said.
“Maybe it is time to pull back our resources and put them back into our communities. Begging for acknowledgment or even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power.”
Watch the video here:
Iconic director Spike Lee has also joined the outcry over the Oscars’ the lack of diversity, announcing he would also be boycotting the awards in an Instagram post the same day.