Celebrities Outraged at Lack of Diversity in Oscar Nominations

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith say they intend to boycott the Academy Awards.
1:26 | 01/19/16

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Next tonight, the new message to Hollywood. Spike lee and Jada Pinkett smith boycotting the oscars amid outrage over a lack of diversity in this year's nominations. So, who decides on the nominees? Here's ABC's linsey Davis tonight. Reporter: Tonight, more stars choose martin Luther king day to take a stand about the lack of diversity in this year's academy award nominations. I will not be at the academy awards and I won't be watching. Reporter: On Facebook today, Jada Pinkett smith expressing her plans to boycott the show. Also not attending? Director spike lee, who, today, released a statement questioning, how is it possible for the second consecutive year, all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? The hash tag oscars so white is trending again, with the revelation for the second year in a row, only white actors have been considered for the most coveted award in Hollywood. Snubbed for nominations this year? Idris Elba, will smith and Michael B. Jordan. In fact, the only nominee from "Creed's" predominantly black cast is Sylvester Stallone. Who decides the nominees? It's a long-held secret. But in 2012, Los Angeles times investigation found academy voters are nearly 94% caucasian and 77% male, with blacks only accounting for about 2%. The big screen has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to TV, where a record 18 black performers were nominated last year for Emmy awards. David?

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