Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith to Boycott the 2016 Academy Awards Over Lack of Diversity in Nominations
Angered over the lack of diversity, they won't be attending the show.
By JOI-MARIE MCKENZIE
January 18, 2016, 4:22 PM
• 6 min read
-- After hinting at a boycott this weekend, Jada Pinkett Smith said today she plans to sit out the 88th Academy Awards, which will be broadcast on ABC on Feb. 28.
The actress, whose husband, Will Smith, was an Oscar nominee contender for his role in NFL football drama "Concussion," said in a Facebook video she was disappointed by the lack of diversity in Oscar nominations.
"Begging for acknowledgement or even asking [to be nominated] diminishes dignity," she said in the video. "It diminishes power and we are a dignified people and we are powerful. And let's not forget it. So let's let the Academy do them with all grace and love and let's do us differently."
Pinkett Smith, 44, also had a message for this year's host, Chris Rock.
"Chris, I will not be at the Academy Awards and I won't be watching but I can't think of a better man to do the job at hand this year then you my friend," she said. "Good luck."