Transcript for Actor Will Smith Discusses the Lack of Diversity in Oscar Nominations
Next tonight an ABC news exclusive Robin Roberts sitting down with Will Smith who says he will honor his wife's call for an Oscar boycott. Here's ABC's Linda Davis. Will Smith known for smashing box office records is now using his stardom to shake up Hollywood. It's a systematic bias that needs to be addressed across the industry. I says his decision to not attend the Oscars this year isn't about him being snubbed for his role in concussion. In fact he told ABC's Robin Roberts initially didn't even know his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Posted a video saying she planned not to attend. Not be in the Academy Award. This is not a belt. A couple. Not go into a part you know quote this is about children that are going to sit down and they're not going to see themselves. Represented. It's says the all white acting nominees up for Oscars for the past two years. Is the byproduct of nearly all white executives at the major Hollywood studios there is it. Very few people of color in the room when the decisions are made for what films get. The green light. The academy plans to meet next week to discuss what measures to take in response to all the criticism did our sincere thanks to you and to Robin Roberts tonight.
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