Director Spike Lee announced Monday that he would be boycotting the 2016 Academy Awards, protesting the lack of minority nominees.
“I would like to thank President Cheryl Boone Issacs and the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences for awarding me an honorary Oscar this past November,” Lee said on Instagram. “I am most appreciative. However my wife and I will not be attending the Oscar ceremony this coming February.”
“How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders in the acting category are all white?” he continued. “And let’s not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can’t act?!”
Lee’s statement included a plea that media “ask all the white nominees and studio heads how they feel about another all white ballot.”
Lee’s latest film Chi-Raq did not receive any nominations. Likewise, actress Jada Pinkett Smith also issued a statement announcing she was boycotting the ceremony, despite not receiving a nomination for her role in Concussion.
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