Director Spike Lee, who has said that he will not attend the Oscars, scheduled to be held on February 28, as part of a boycott to protest the lack of diversity in the major acting categories, was seen applauding singer John Legend for his emotional speech about racism. ""We don't have to ask for acceptance from anyone," said Taraji P Henson
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India's official Oscar entry for this year - the National Award-winning Court - made an early exit from the nominations race but there's still reason to cheer - actress Priyanka Chopra will be at Hollywood's big day, presenting an award
India will have a really good reason to wake up early on Monday, February 29 to watch the Oscars - actress Priyanka Chopra will be on the red carpet as one of the presenters at Hollywood's biggest night
"I, for one, want to be a part of making an adjustment. I want to be a part of the solution. It has nothing to do with me being nominated or not, or wanting to win awards or not. That is so frivolous. I've been nominated for Academy Awards and I've never lost to a white person. I lost to Denzel (Washington) and then I lost to Forest Whitaker," said...
"I think, as a whole, the industry should do what every other industry should do, which is to look for talent and provide an opportunity to everybody. And I think the Oscar debate is really just an expression of this broader issue. Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot," said Barack Obama
"The issue is not the Academy. Even if you fill the Academy with black and Latino and Asian members, if there's no one on the screen to vote for, you're not going to get the outcome that you want. I won once. So it can't be that racist," said Whoopi Goldberg, who received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1991 for her role in Ghost
"It wasn't a broad-based movement that threatened the economic viability of the Oscars, but the celebrity status of the boycotters, given the nature of what they were trying to do, made it quite harmful, said Maurice Schweitzer, co-author of Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both
The Academy's board said it would take steps to double the number of women and minority members by 2020. "These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition," said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs
"So disappointed that some of 2015's best films, filmmakers and performances were not recognized. Nothing can diminish the quality of their work, but these filmmakers deserve recognition. As an Academy member, I would love to see a more diverse voting membership," Reese Witherspoon wrote on Facebook
"The Academy reflects the industry, reflects Hollywood, and the industry reflects America, reflects a series of challenges that we're having in our country at the moment," Will Smith said. "There's a regressive slide toward separatism, toward racial and religious disharmony, and that's not the Hollywood I want to leave behind"
The Academy's ignoring of non-white talent is a sin of omission that has been perpetuated ever since the 1920s, when the Oscars were first presented. The Associated Press has tweeted a GIF that compares the white nominations with the Black, Asian and Latino till date. The numbers are as alarming as they are sad - 812 vs 49, 9 and 19