Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith Boycott Oscars

Oscars So White

UpdateWill Smith told “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts that he also won’t be attending this year’s Oscars, claiming that Academy is ‘not reflecting’ America’s diversity.

Chi-Raq director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith (Magic Mike XXL) said they will not be attending next month’s Academy Awards ceremony to protest the lack of diversity of the nominees.

“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,” Lee wrote under the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag.

“Maybe it’s time we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream,” Smith said in a video on Facebook.

The Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is African American, called for “big changes,” saying “In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity.”

Jada Pinkett‘s husband Will Smith, who stars in the football injury drama Concussion, and Idris Elba, who portrayed an African warlord in Beasts of No Nation, were among black actors snubbed this year despite many of them receiving acclaim and winning a variety of other awards.

The black directors of hip hop biopic Straight Outta Compton (F. Gary Gray) and sports drama Creed (Ryan Coogler) were also left out. (Michael B. Jordan and Coogler are more than deserving of the nomination for their work on Creed.)

All this came after comedy Ride Along 2, starring black actors Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, dethroned Star Wars at weekend box office and just in time for MLK Day.