VETERAN FILMMAKER Spike Lee has announced he and his wife will not be attending the Oscars this year due to the absence of black nominees.
Lee, who was awarded an honorary Oscar for his work in film in November, made the announcement moments ago via his Instagram account.
“How is it possible, for the 2nd consecutive year, all 20 contenders under the actor category are white?,” he asked his 200,000 followers.
“40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!! It’s no coincidence I’m writing this as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.”
His post follows that of actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, the wife of Hollywood star Will Smith, who suggested black actors and filmmakers consider boycotting the annual ceremony.
“At the Oscars…people of colour are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, (pt. 1),” Pinkett-Smith wrote in the first of a three-post tirade on Twitter over the weekend.
“But we are rarely recognised for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of colour refrain from participating all together? Via@Voice-Online
Jada Pinkett Smith has announced that she will not be attending or watching the 2016 Academy Awards.
In a video posted to Facebook Monday morning, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the actress posed some powerful, thoughtful questions.
“Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?” she said in the video. “Maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power.” Via @HuffingtonPost