It's been an insane ride since the Oscar nominations came out for this year's Academy Awards.
Earlier this month, we found out who got nominated for the 2016 Academy Awards, which airs February 28 and are hosted by Chris Rock. Not surprisingly, not everyone was pleased with the nominations. After noticing that the nominations completely overlooked not one but a few diverse options, in particular African Americans, observers went completely wild. From social media outrage to celebrities such as Jada Pinkett Smith speaking out about the issue, there has been so much drama surrounding the Academy it's almost unbelievable.
First, there’s been backlash for not having enough diversity among Academy voters which leads to the lack of diversity in the nominations. The most overlooked choice according to the audience was Straight Outta Compton, which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay but as you probably guessed, that wasn’t enough. The issue that people really calculated was the fact that the two representatives will be white which makes this whole thing obviously a “racist” thing.
Since all the speculation, there has been so much conversation going on that it sparked the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite again. This controversial hashtag first appeared last year and many have been using it to express their thoughts on the subject.
The following consists a list of those celebrities who have spoken out about the controversial Oscar nominations. From George Clooney to Viola Davis, read all about what they have had to say.
15 Reese Witherspoon
14 Lupita Nyong'o
13 Matt Damon
12 Melissa Rivers
11 Quincy Jones
10 Viola Davis
9 Idris Elba
8 David Oyelowo
7 Cheryl Boone Isaacs
6 George Clooney
5 Steve Harvey
4 Spike Lee
3 Ice Cube
2 Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union expressed her opinion during the Sundance Film Festival, saying “I think Shonda Rhimes said it best. She said, 'I'm not a trailblazer for casting my shows like reality.' Diversity isn't brave. It's not a fad. It's reality. . . . If you look around the room it's pretty diverse, and everyone should have a place at the table. It's representation. It's seeing your face reflected. I think if you see who runs Hollywood it's a very homogeneous group and they like to see themselves reflected."
1 Jada Pinkett Smith
As the first celebrity to spark tension surrounding the Oscar controversy, Jada Pinkett Smith declared her position in an intimate video which caused her some backlash as well. The fact that her husband, Will Smith, was not nominated this year, stirred the idea of the actress just being “hurt” and “bitter” about it. Nonetheless, Will responded to her controversial video and explained she would have made it even if he was nominated. “Here’s what I know,” Jada said in the video which she posted on Facebook. “Begging for acknowledgment or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are powerful, and let’s not forget it. So let’s let the Academy do them with all grace and love, and let’s do us differently.”
Sources: Popsugar.com; HollywoodLife.com; USWeekly
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