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‘40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All’ Hollywood reacts to Oscars boycott




Actress Jada Pinkett Smith released a video yesterday announcing her intention to boycott the Academy Awards.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith released a video yesterday announcing her intention to boycott the Academy Awards.
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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith released a video yesterday announcing her intention to boycott the Academy Awards on February 28th following the second year in a row in which no black actors (or any non-white actors at all) were nominated for an award.

Filmmaker Spike Lee joined the protest, writing on Instagram,“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.” Smith had to be disappointed that her husband Will wasn't nominated for his starring performance in "Concussion." Lee likely wasn't surprised that his movie "Chi-Raq" didn't get any nominations. It got strong reviews, but few people saw it. He received an honorary Oscar last November.

The question now is whether other industry leaders might join the boycott. Ironically, this year's host is Chris Rock and Reginald Hudlin is producing the show. Both are Black. Would they consider boycotting? Will advertisers boycott? Do you feel pressure to boycott the Oscars this year?

We especially want to hear from people of color who work in Hollywood -- do you feel pressure to join this boycott? You can also join the conversation on Twitter under the hashtag #OscarsBoycott

Guest: 

Jim Rainey, Senior Film Reporter, Variety; he’s been covering Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott of the Academy Awards. He tweets from @RaineyTime