Jada Pinkett Smith Has a Message About #OscarsSoWhite

January 17th 2016

Ingrid Holmquist

Call it déjà vu or call it a Hollywood sequel. For the second year in a row no people of color were nominated for Oscars and now actress Jada Pinkett Smith is even questioning whether to boycott the event.

Smith took to Twitter to denounce the decisions of the Oscar nominators:

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Now, the several upset celebrities are using the recurred hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

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Editor April Reign is said to have started the trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite last year. She said in a tweet that the situation this year is even “worse.”

After all, critics believed that plenty of performers of color deserved a nomination. Idris Elba anticipated a nomination for his role in “Beasts of No Nation.” Other Black artists who were not nominated include: Will Smith in “Concussion,” Michael B. Jordan in “Creed,” Creed’s writer-director, Ryan Coogler and the cast in “Straight Outta Compton.”

In the past two years, there have been 40 Oscar nominations for actors — all have been white. Some say the lack of diversity in the nominations is, in part, the fault of a mostly male, mostly white 7,000-plus nominating committee.

Even the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is the first Black president and third woman in the role, expressed her disappointment that no African-American driven films were nominated.

She told Deadline:

“Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness (of the films nominated.) This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board. You are never going to know what is going to appeal on the sheet of paper until you see it.” She goes on to tell reporter Pete Hammond that efforts toward diversity “have got to speed up.”

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