The board members of the Academy Awards will meet on January 26 to fight perception that the Academy is 'racist' or 'elitist'. The lack of diversity in nominations for the 88th Academy Award faced a lot of problems from actors and the public. Some members want to expand the number of nominations in acting categories to more than five
"I have never used the word boycott," Spike Lee said in an interview. He wrote an open letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president and board of governors posted on Instagram decrying the "Lilly White" actors nominations for a second consecutive year, and said he and his wife would not attend
Lupita Nyong'o, who won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in 12 Years A Slave, also wrote, "The Awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today"
"I think around 2004, certainly there were black nominees like Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman. And all of a sudden, you feel like we're moving in the wrong direction. There were four films, which could have gotten nominations this year - Creed, Concussion, Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton," said George Clooney
Leonardo DiCaprio could mention Forrest Goodluck, the Native American actor who played his son in The Revenant in his feature film debut. And after his oversight at the Golden Globes, Sylvester Stallone should have the good manners to make space in what seems like an inevitable Best Supporting Actor speech to praise Coogler and Jordan
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said that while it was important to acknowledge the work of the actors nominated for the awards being given out on February 28, she was "both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion"
Spike Lee said that he is boycotting the Oscars next month because for the second year in a row all the nominees in the actor categories are white in an Instagram post. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith also posted a video on Facebook saying that she too would not be attending the February 28
"You can sort of feel it and I think everyone wants it for him. It would be amazing. It's also quite difficult for me too because Michael Fassbender is also nominated and I was his right hand woman for three months making Steve Jobs. But I think you can feel the temperature and it's probably going to be Leo's year"
Hopes were high from Jalam, RangiTaranga and Nachom-ia Kumpasar, which were competing in categories including Best Original Song and Best Original Score
The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag created by April Reign was useful again when, for the second year in a row, the list of Oscar nominees didn't include a single actor of color. Among the potential benefits of an Academy Award is that getting a nomination can be a ticket to membership to your branch of the Academy
No sooner had the nominations been announced at a ceremony in Beverly Hills than the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite began trending on Twitter, as was the case last year. "Hollywood sure loves sequels: for the second year in a row, zero actors of color get Oscar nominations," an article on a website said
Indo-British director Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, based on the life of singer Amy Winehouse, and Indian-American Sanjay Patel's animated short film Sanjay's Super Team have bagged nominations at this year's Academy Awards, which were announced on January 14