Oscars diversity row: Stallone considered boycotting, Winslet supports Dicaprio
The Oscars failed to please the mass since their four major acting categories, i.e best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress have Caucasian nominees. This happened for second time in a row and this time the reaction is much more aggressive.
Actor Sylvester Stallone, who is nominated in the category of best supporting actor for his performance in Creed, considered boycotting the ceremony in recognition to the Academy failure’s to have diversity in the nominees list. Actor reportedly spoke to director Ryan Coogler who urged to him to attend the awards ceremony as the representative of the film. Stallone is nominated in the biggest night of Hollywood after a long gap of 39 years.
Actress Kate Winslet, who is nominated for her performance in Steve Jobs in the best supporting actress category reportedly said that she will attend the academy awards. At the London launch of her film Triple 9 actress spoke “To be honest with you it has been such an extraordinary year for women I’d feel like I was letting my side down if I didn’t go.And also I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo’s year, and he is my closest friend in the world and I just couldn’t imagine not being there to support him. And I think those are reasons enough really to show my face”
Several celebrities reacted to the lack of diversity controversy. Acclaimed director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith were the first to react. They have expressed their decision to boycott the ceremony on various platforms.
Smith posted in Facebook
Lee posted in Instagram
#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let’s Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?! WTF!! It’s No Coincidence I’m Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday. Dr. King Said “There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It’s Right”. For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The “Real” Battle Is. It’s In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To “Turnaround” Or Scrap Heap. This Is What’s Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With “The Green Light” Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, “I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS”. People, The Truth Is We Ain’t In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont’d)
Actress Lupita Nyongo reacted in Instagram.
The ceremony will be take place on February 28th and will be hosted by Chris Rock.
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