It's time for all moviemakers to be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their creations. Now, some like Director Spike Lee say they will boycott the show, but host Chris Rock and award winners may use their time onstage to call attention to the subject. We'll see if action follows awareness
The bleacher report from the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto on February 14 included Ranveer Singh. Ranveer's bleacher buddies were rappers Ludacris and Ne-Yo, who sang the national anthem before the game. Other celebrities in the crowd included rapper Drake, director Spike Lee and TV personality Jon Stewart
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
"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
"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
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
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