For the second year in a row, the 20 acting nominees are all white.
“And it was her call to action for herself and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.” “[For] my part, I think I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and our Hollywood community great,” he continued.“And so when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty.” See More: Quincy Jones on Oscars’ Lack of Diversity: ‘It’s Ridiculous.It’s Wrong’ Although his wife’s call for a boycott was partly motivated by him getting snubbed for his role in “Concussion,” Smith insists the root of the issue is much bigger than that. “This is about children that are going to sit down and watch this show and they’re not going to see themselves represented.“There’s a regressive slide toward separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony,” he added.“And that’s not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind.” See More: Spike Lee on Oscars: ‘I Never Used the Word ‘Boycott” The angry response to this year’s Oscar nominations has steamrolled in the past few days.Will Smith has joined his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, in vowing not to attend the Feb.
28 Academy Awards ceremony in protest over the lack of diversity among nominees in major categories this year.
Smith’s decision comes as pressure mounts on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to address what many are calling the org’s diversity crisis.
Smith told “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts on Thursday that he is “uncomfortable” with the situation.
Pinkett Smith expressed her outrage last week after the Jan. Director Spike Lee joined her in vowing to sit out the ceremony, although on Wednesday during a “GMA” appearance, Lee made a point of telling anchor George Stephanopoulos that he was not calling for others to boycott the ceremony.
Also on Wednesday, past AMPAS board member Quincy Jones said he would seek to address the current board next week on the issue.
Jones is the first African-American to be appointed to the Academy’s board of governors and the first African-American to be awarded the Academy’s prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.