Will Smith has gone for an Oscar boycott due to issues of discrimination in the nominations. Other celebrities including Mark Ruffalo who is nominated for an Oscar this year is also thinking about the option.
Will Smith has mentioned that his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, announced she will not be attending the Oscars. He also decided to follow her. He said, “I heard her words and was happy to be married to that woman.”
Smith mentioned, “If we’re not part of the solution then we’re part of the problem.” He added, “It’s about children sitting down and seeing this show and not seeing themselves represented.”
Mark Ruffalo can also go on an Oscar boycott as he pointed out, “I woke up in the morning thinking, ‘what is the right way to do this?’ Because if you look at Martin Luther King’s legacy, what he was saying was that the good people who don’t act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposefully not acting and don’t know the right way.”
Ruffalo is nominated for best supporting actor for “Spotlight.” None of the nominees in the list are black though there were several good performances. An Oscar boycott is also on the cards for Spike Lee who was the first to fuel the issue.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued a statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day where she said that there will be changes in the academy. Will it be able to stop the Oscar boycott?