Jamie Foxx Ribs Will Smith for Oscars Boycott, Encourages Him to #ActBetter
Jamie Foxx reportedly ribbed Will Smith and other black filmmakers boycotting this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony, suggesting that if they want Oscar nominations they need to “hashtag act better.”
During a speech Sunday at the American Black Film Festival Awards, Foxx riffed on the #OscarSoWhite controversy that led to Smith and others sitting out the awards show, according to US Weekly and Page Six.
“All these Oscar talks, I don’t even trip about that,” he said. “I mean, what’s the big deal? I was sitting at home with my Oscar, like ‘What’s all the hubbub?”
To reportedly uproarious laughter, Foxx called out alternative hashtags to #OscarsSoWhite: “#WhatsTheBigDeal?” and “#ActBetter”
He also invoked Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win an Oscar for playing a leading role who also received an honorary award for his career in 2002. Per US Weekly:
“I was with Sidney Poitier just a couple weeks ago, and in 1963 all he asked for was an opportunity to act,” Foxx said. “That’s all we have to do, opportunity. If you turn the camera on and say ‘OK . . . win an award . . . and action,’ we’ll all have taken, like, 10 steps back. It’s all about the art. Who cares about anything else?”
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