Oscars 2016 faces a hot protest. The list of protestors reads like a who’s who of Hollywood royalty.
The lack of black nominees for the 88th Academy Awards angered many in the acting community.
Big names who have spoken out in the debate include Will Smith, George Clooney and Reese Witherspoon.
HollywoodLife reported on the hottest protestors of #OscarsSoWhite. The list includes actors who are also nominees.
Jada Pinkett Smith decided early on to boycott the event. She remarked at the only white nominations in the acting categories. This is the second year in a row.
Mark Ruffalo also voiced his support for the protest. However, the actor clarified his stance through social media. Ruffalo is a Best Supporting Actor nominee for “Spotlight.” The film is also up for Best Picture.
Lupita Nyong’o, a 2014 Academy Award winner, also stated her disappointment.
Matt Damon labelled the issue as “shameful and embarrassing.” Damon is a Best Actor nominee this year.
John Krasinki agreed with Damon’s thoughts about the shameful lack of diversity.
Tyrese Gibson asked Chris Rock, who will host this year’s event, to withdraw.
Other notable celebrities are Viola Davis, David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Idris Elba.
Actor Jamie Foxx also weighed in on the debate, US Weekly reported.
The actor spoke at the recent American Black Film Festival Awards. However, he made fun of Oscars 2016.
In his speech, Fox, who won Best Actor in 2005 for “Ray,” said, “All these Oscar talks, I don’t even trip about that.” He continued, “I mean, what’s the big deal? I was sitting at home with my Oscar, like ‘What’s all the hubbub?”
Foxx added, “I started calling Denzel [Washington], and we just Instagrammed our Oscars together.”
On a serious note, Foxx recalled his conversation with actor Sydney Poitier.
“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?”