The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated no Black actors for the second year in a row and Jada Pinkett Smith is speaking on it.
The outspoken, 44-year-old actress took to Facebook and Twitter to voice her concerns with this issue, sparking ideas of a boycott of the award show.
Pinkett Smith wrote on Facebook and Twitter:
“At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments… Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”
“People can only treat us in the way in which we allow”
“With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,’ J.
When prominent Black actors who had leading roles in well reviewed movies were not nominated in any category by the Acedemy, (Will Smith – “Concussion”, Idris Elba – “Beasts of No Nation”, and Samuel L. Jackson – “The Hateful Eight”), there was an immediate response on Twitter. Tweets sharing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite highlighted the fact that the only nomination for the critically acclaimed “Straight Outta Compton” went to the two white screenwriters. To add salt to the wound, “Creed,” a movie starring a Black man and directed by a Black man, only recognized Sylvester Stallone’s performance.
So what’s your opinion? Should we boycott the Oscars?