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Jada Pinkett Smith considers boycotting the Oscars

2016-01-18 14:09

Los Angeles - Jada Pinkett Smith is debating boycotting the Oscars. 

The 44-year-old actress is the latest star to speak out about the lack of diversity among the nominations for this year's Academy Awards.

She wrote on Facebook and Twitter: 

Following the nomination announcement on Thursday, people were quick to comment that all the nominees were white, using the hashtag '#OscarsSoWhite' on Twitter.

In fact, even the critically-acclaimed 'Straight Outta Compton's only nomination was for the film's two white screenwriters. 

Meanwhile, 'Creed', which was directed by a black man and stars black actor Michael B. Jordan in the lead role, only received one nomination for Sylvester Stallone's performance in the film. 

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is the president of the Academy, spoke about the lack of diversity, admitting it's a disappointing state of affairs. 

She said: "I hope this isn't discouraging for anybody, and for filmmakers in particular. You just keep moving along ... We're going to keep pushing it."

Meanwhile, Chris Rock, who will be hosting this year's ceremony on February 28, also commented on the debate. 

Alongside a 15 second promo for the awards, Chris wrote on Twitter: "The #Oscars. The White BET Awards."



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