Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith Criticize Oscars For Nearly All-White Nominees

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Earlier this week the Academy released its list of Oscar nominees and every single acting nominee and writing is white. Though the news was entirely depressing, it wasn’t exactly a surprise; last year’s nominees were also nearly all white, leading to the social media hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.


But alas, despite the criticism, the Academy made little effort to rectify the problem. Even Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s first black president, was said she was “disappointed,” by the lack of representation. Referencing Creed and Straight Outta Compton, the New York Times notes, “the only Academy nods for two of the year’s biggest films about African-American characters went to white people.”

Now, both Chris Rock, who is hosting the awards show, and Jada Pinkett Smith have criticized the Academy’s nominations on Twitter.

Last night, Rock shared a 15-second promo, calling the Oscars the “White BET Awards.”

Jada Pinkett Smith—whose husband Will Smith was overlooked for a nomination for Concussion—expressed disappointment that people of color are “rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments.” She asked whether or not people of color should boycott the Oscars, a question that many are also asking.


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I don’t believe it’s racist to simply choose the best performances from the past year. People should be awarded for their talent and hard work, the colour of your skin should not be a reason to receive recognition. If there was an actor of colour that was worthy of a nomination from 2015 I highly doubt the Academy would miss out on the chance to appear more politically correct by putting them in the running.