Spike Lee isn’t going to The Oscars. That’s not because he has any particular problem with the fact that his latest film hasn’t been nominated, but because he’s rightfully upset that for the second time in two-consecutive years, every actor nominated for top honors is white. Today, Lee took a stand with the following Instagram post, which he deliberately posted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee thinks that more attention should be paid to the fact that so many of the nominees — 40 in two years is definitely a high number — are not people of color. Is it because people of color can’t act, Lee wonders? Because if that’s not the case, then there’s a much bigger problem.
Diverse actors considered likely nominees but were left out of the Oscars’ list included Will Smith (Concussion), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Benicio del Toro (Sicario), Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight).
Both Creed and NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton only received one Oscar nomination each, honors that went to white people involved with those films.
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