Los Angeles: US President Barack Obama has joined the outrage over two straight years of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards. He says the Oscar debate is an expression of a broader issue.
“Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?” Barack Obama posed to media persons here on Wednesday, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
Obama says the film industry should do what others should do as well: “Look for talent and provide opportunity to everybody.”
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The 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28 here. Some are calling for boycotts because no acting nominees were black.
A lot of black actors like Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting this year’s Academy Awards due to the lack of diversity in the nominations. Hip hop artist and mogul 50 Cent joins actor Tyrese Gibson also called in Chris Rock to turn down his hosting duties for the awards show in response to the #OscarsSoWhite issue.
However Samuel L. Jackson’s wife LaTanya Richardson isn’t boycotting the Oscars after snub. She said, “We moved on”.