#OscarsSoWhite: Stars Boycott Awards Over All-White Nominees

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith say they plan to skip the Oscars over the lack of diversity in actor nominations.
2:36 | 01/19/16

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Transcript for #OscarsSoWhite: Stars Boycott Awards Over All-White Nominees
It's a Hollywood sequel that has some of the industry's biggest stars saying they'll boycott its most celebrated night. For the second year in a row all best acting Oscar nominees are white and tonight as Americans honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Two African American Hollywood stars say they are skipping the show. Here's ABC's Lindsay Davis. The revenue. Spotlight. The martian. Many of this year's best picture nominations are high intensity. Tonight the real drama is happening offspring as backlash mounts over the Oscar's lack of diversity. This second year in a row all best lead in supporting actor and actress nominees are white even the best picture nominees feature predominately white ensembles. The absence of minority nominees. Inspiring some big names to declare they'll boycott the ceremonies including director Spike Lee whose films shot ironic. Didn't pick up any nominations. Okay misery in stride Jada Pinkett Smith also says she you'll get tangled releasing this video on FaceBook earlier today. Begging. Thornton she. Team. Maybe she's CE. The hash tag Oscars so light is also making a red vinyl people tweeting. Fifty shades of gray has been nominated for more Oscars than people of color this year and Oscars so white rock he got nominated in a movie about Apollo creed son. True also among the snubbed Will Smith who played a forensic pathologist and passion. And that was don't eat the critically acclaimed straight on a constant picked up one nomination for its screenplay. Many have noted that the writers are why. Searle Boone Isaacs the first black president of the academy. Has said incorporating minorities in the film industry is a priority. We have meaning louder and louder and we're going to continue this conversation tonight she announced the academy will be conducting a review of membership. In hopes of increasing diversity. The spotlight is now on comedian Chris Rock. This is host and many are wondering if he'll address the controversy on stage earlier this week he tweeted out a new promo. Terrorists along with a caption calling the Oscars the YBE teel Wuertz for Nightline on Lindsey Davis in New York.

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