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Will Smith & Martin Lawrence Announce ‘Bad Boys 3’ is On The Way

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Alexis Arquette calls out Will and Jada Pinkett Smith as ‘gay hypocrites' in detailed Facebook post alleging Will's first wife left him 'after walking in on him and another man'

Will Smith joins A.Dot on BBC Radio 1Xtra. He talks Bad Boys 3, parenting Jaden and Willow, the Oscars debate and whether he’ll run for President.

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Will Smith joins Oscars boycott: Actor backs wife Jada's attack on diversity and says he'll be skipping ceremony too

Vicious: Alexis Arquette lashed out at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on Facebook Tuesday (above earlier this month) after the latter announced she was boycotting the Oscars

Transgender actress and activist Alexis Arquette lashed out at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on Facebook Tuesday 

  • Arquette claims Will's 'first marriage ended when she walked in to him **** servicing his Sugar Daddy Benny Medina' 
  • Medina is a powerful Hollywood manager who has worked with stars including Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks 
  • Will's first marriage to Sheree Zampino ended in divorce in 1995 and he married Jada two years later
  • Arquette also claims that Jada is 'gay' though she or Facebook later took down the post
  • Jada said on Monday that she would not be attending this year's Academy Awards due to the lack of diversity among the nominees

Alexis Arquette is lashing out at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith in a Facebook post the day after the latter announced she was boycotting the Oscars.

'When Jada comes out as Gay and her beard husband admits his first marriage ended when she walked in to him **** servicing his Sugar Daddy Benny Medina ..then I will listen to them,' writes Arquette.

The transgender actress later added in the comment section: '"She" being his FIRST wife. Paid off, silent.'

Will's first marriage to Sheree Zampino ended in divorce in 1995 and he married Jada two years later.

Medina is a powerful Hollywood manager who has worked with stars including Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks.

Vicious: Alexis Arquette lashed out at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on Facebook Tuesday (above earlier this month) after the latter announced she was boycotting the Oscars

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Born Robert Arquette, Alexis transitioned publicly to Alexis and even made a documentary about the experience. She is known for roles like that of a drag queen in the Adam Sandler film The Wedding Singer and the fact she is part of a dynasty - her sisters are Patricia and Rosanna and her brother is David - all actors

Allegation: Arquette claims Will's 'first marriage ended when she walked in to him bu** servicing his Sugar Daddy Benny Medina'

Allegation: Arquette claims Will's 'first marriage ended when she walked in to him bu** servicing his Sugar Daddy Benny Medina'


Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee announce boycott of Oscars

Arquette, whose sister Patricia won an Academy Award in 2014 for her performance in Boyhood, went on to write in her post; 'Will threw a fit on the set of Six Degrees of Separation when he was required by the scene to kiss Anthony Rapp.

'He persuaded the director to shoot the back of his head in frame. Blocking the non existent lip lock entirely.

'F*** him. Gays have enemies. They lurk in gilded closets. Outing is healthy. You are either with or against us. You decide. Today.'

Arquette later revealed in a comment on the post that she had audition for Rapp's role in the film, noting that 'it would have been a different story on set' if she had been in the movie. 

She also said of her decision to speak out; 'I used to think Michelangelo Signorile was wrong for outing. I'm completely for it now. Too many bullied teens dead.'

Signorile is a gay activist who has long been credited as a pioneer in outing celebrities and other famous individuals, most notably being the first to report that David Geffen and Liz Smith were homosexuals. 

He also outed billionaire Malcom Forbes soon after his death. 

Will and Jada have yet to respond to the allegations and either Arquette or Facebook removed her post on Tuesday evening.

Big claim: Will's first marriage to Sheree Zampino ended in divorce in 1995 and he married Jada two years later (Will and Medina above in 2008)

Big claim: Will's first marriage to Sheree Zampino ended in divorce in 1995 and he married Jada two years later (Will and Medina above in 2008)

Manager to the stars: Medina is a powerful Hollywood manager who has worked with stars including Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks (above at the 2015 Tony Awards with Lopez)

Manager to the stars: Medina is a powerful Hollywood manager who has worked with stars including Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks (above at the 2015 Tony Awards with Lopez)

Janet Hubert takes aim at Will and Jada Smith over boycott

Jada said on Monday in a video posted to her Facebook that she was boycotting the Oscars over a lack of diversity among the nominees. 

Janet Hubert, the actress who played the original Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, attacked Jada on Facebook soon after, going after Will as well for his actions against her years ago.

Hubert filmed a scathing public response to Pinkett Smith's announcement that she would be boycotting the awards, despite having worked with her husband Will for years on the popular sitcom.

In a video she too posted on Facebook, Hubert said; 'First of all, Miss Thing,” begins Hubert, “does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?

'The second thing, girlfriend, there’s a lot of s**t going on in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize. People are dying.

'Our boys are being shot left and right. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some f*****g actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.

'And here’s the other thing: For you to ask other actors, and other black actresses and actors, too, to jeopardize their career and their standing in a town that you know damn well you don’t do that. And here’s the other thing: They don’t care.

'They don’t care! And I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living, made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win.'

Hubert then when a step further and called out Will Smith by claiming he refused to negotiate for salary increases alongside the entire cast of Fresh Prince back in the day.

'Well karma must be a b****, cause now here you are,' says Herbert.

'Here you are, you’ve had a few flops and you know there are those out there who really deserved a nod.'

She then criticised both his performance and accent in the film Concussion, which some pundits had thought might land him an Oscar nomination.

Meanwhile, both George Clooney and director John Singleton have waded into the #OscarsSoWhite debate, with Clooney saying the industry is 'moving in the wrong direction' and Singleton - who became the first African American to win Best Director in 1991 - claiming the issue has more to do with eligibility than race. 

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Stacy Dash's Response To Oscar Awards Controversy: "If We Don't Want Segregation We Should Get Rid Of BET & The BET Awards. Just Like There Shouldn't Be A Black History Month" (Video)

Will Smith blasts Oscars for lack for diversity and says he'll be skipping awards ceremony

  • Smith, 47, weighed in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America 
  • Concussion star revealed wife Jada did not consult him before releasing video Monday calling for boycott of the Oscars
  • Admitted she may have been partially motivated by his Oscar snub but said that had he been nominated, she would have made the video anyway 
  • A growing number of prominent industry figures, including Spike Lee and Michael Moore, have answered Pinkett Smith's call to action
  • Will Smith said he too will be sitting out the ceremony, saying he and Jada would be 'uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK'  

Will Smith broke his silence this morning about the controversy surrounding his wife’s proposed Oscar boycott, saying that he also won’t be attending this year’s ceremony because he believes that Hollywood is ‘going in the wrong direction’ when it comes to diversity.

The 47-year-old star of Concussion sat down with ABC’s Robin Roberts on Good Morning America to share his thoughts on this year’s overwhelmingly white Academy Award nominations, and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s videotaped call to action

‘I think that diversity is the American superpower. That's why we're great,’ he told Roberts in the exclusive interview.

Will Smith sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America Thursday to talk about the controversy surrounding this year's Oscars.
The 47-year-old star said he won't be attending the ceremony

Star speaks out: Will Smith sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America Thursday to talk about the controversy surrounding this year's Oscars. The 47-year-old star said he won't be attending the ceremony  

Blunt talk: The Concussion star said he believes the American film industry is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to diversity 



‘So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspirations, their influences to this beautiful American gumbo. … so when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it is not reflecting that beauty.’

A growing number of Hollywood heavyweights, including Spike Lee, Michael Moore and George Clooney, have publicly criticized the Academy for failing to nominate people of color in any of the major acting categories this year.

This is so deeply not about me. This is about children who are gonna to sit down and they are gonna watch this show and they are not going to see themselves represented. 
              Will Smith on Oscars boycott 

In an interview with Variety this week, Clooney, himself a two-time Oscar winner, said Hollywood has been moving in the wrong direction on diversity over the past decade.

On Thursday, Smith seemed to echo that sentiment, recalling his personal experiences as an Oscar nominee in 2001, for the film Ali, and in 2006 for his role in The Pursuit of Happyness.

‘I've been nominated twice for Academy Awards, and I’ve never lost to a white person,’ he said with a laugh. ‘The first time I lost to Denzel [Washington], and the second time I lost to Forrest Whitaker.

‘I see this list and series of nominations to come out, and everyone is fantastic... but it feels like it's going in the wrong direction,' he added. 

‘There was a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony, and that's not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind.'

His better half: Smith revealed that wife Jada did not consult him before releasing a video Monday calling on other actors to boycott the Oscar ceremony  

On Monday, Jada Pinkett Smith celebrated Martin Luther King Jr Day by releasing a video on Faceboook calling on African American actors and other players in the entertainment industry to skip the Academy Awards.

Her call to action was quickly picked up by other prominent figures in Hollywood, including David Oyelowo, Idris Elba and Whoopi Goldberg, who publicly criticized the Academy for failing to include minorities in this year’s list of nominees.

Will Smith told Roberts that he was out of the country at the time his wife’s video came out, and that he was initially blindsided by the scandal that erupted in the wake of its release, which he said Jada had not coordinated with him.

‘She's deeply passionate and when she is moved, she has to go. And I heard her words, and I was knocked out.

Boycott: Jada Pinkett has revealed she will not be attending the Oscars, or watching it on television, in response to the lack of nominations for people of color

Boycott: Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed she will not be attending the Oscars, or watching it on television, in response to the lack of nominations for people of color

Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee announce boycott of Oscars

‘There's a position that we hold in this community, and if we're not a part of the solution, we are part of the problem. It was her call to action for herself and for me and for our family to be part of the solution.’

Some critics, including Will Smith’s former Fresh Prince of Bel Air co-star Janet Hubert, accused Pinkett Smith of launching the boycott just because her husband did not get an Oscar nod for his starring role in Concussion – but the actor says it’s only part of the story.

'Had I been nominated and no other people of color were, she would've still made the video anyway.

'This is so deeply not about me,’ he stressed. ‘This is about children who are gonna to sit down and they are gonna watch this show and they are not going to see themselves represented.’

When asked if he was planning to attend the February 28 Oscars ceremony without Jada, Smith flatly said, ‘No.’

‘We've discussed it, and we're a part of this community, but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK.’ 

CRITICS SLAM ACADEMY AWARDS FOR LACK OF DIVERSITY  

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Chorus of critics: Idris Elba , Whoopi Goldberg, David Oyelowo and Snoop Dogg have condemned the Oscars' lack of diversity among the nominees 

'This institution doesn’t reflect its president and it doesn’t reflect this room. I am an Academy member and it doesn’t reflect me, and it doesn’t reflect this nation,'  - David Oyelowo

'You have to ask the question – are black people normally playing petty criminals? Are women always the love interest or talking about men? Are gay people always stereotyped? Are disabled people ever seen at all?'  - Idris Elba

'... the idea that we could go two years in a row, where 40 actors could be nominated and none of them were black, is just crazy,'  - Michael Moore

'I can't help ask the question: is it time that people of color, recognize how much power and influence we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere,'  - Jada Pinkett Smith

'How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? 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?! WTF!!'  - Spike Lee

'Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets and this year's Academy Awards will be yet another Rocky Mountain Oscar,'  - Rev Al Sharpton 

'Somebody asked was I gonna watch the mother****ing Oscars. F*** no! What the f*** am I gonna watch that bulls*** for? They ain't got no n***** nominated. All these great movies and all this great s*** ya'll keep stealing from us. F*** you! F*** you!’ - Snoop Dog to TMZ 

'Why is this a conversation that we only have once a year? Every year we get all fired up and then the rest of the year nobody says anything.... So I’m not going to boycott, but I’m going to continue to b**** as I have all year round because I’m tired of seeing movies where no one is represented except a bit of the population, not all of it,'   - Whoopi Goldberg

'If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated.... And all of a sudden, you feel like we’re moving in the wrong direction,'   - George Clooney 

On Monday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is African American, weighed in on the so-called #OscarsSoWhite scandal, saying in a statement she was 'heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion' and promised to implement sweeping changes that would hopefully result in a more diverse group of nominees, and Academy members, in the years to come. 

In his interview on GMA, Smith pointed a finger of blame at the Academy's current membership, saying that it presented a hurdle for people of color and women to achieve success.

'At this point, the Academy is 94 per cent Caucasian and 77 per cent male,' he said. 'It's just difficult to get diverse cultural sampling from that group. It's a systemic bias that needs to be addressed across the industry.'

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'You ain't Barack and Michelle Obama. Ya'll need to get over yourselves: Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress hits out at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith over Oscar boycott

Stacy Dash has never been afraid to voice her opinion, whether it's controversial or not. This morning on Fox News' "Outnumbered" she may have outdone herself and alienated a lot of people of color in the process.

When asked about Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith's comments about not attending this year's Oscar Awards because of the lack of diversity among the nominees, Dash had a lot to say.

"I think it's ridiculous," she said. "Because we have to make up our minds, either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you are only awarded if you are black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms, its a double standard. Just like there shouldn't be a Black History Month. We're Americans, period. That's it"

Dash was far from done.

"What I find astounding is that we've had a President, who is black in office for the past eight years. Who gets most of his funding from the liberal elite in Hollywood. Yet there are not very many roles for people of color," Dash continued. "How can that be? And why is it just now being addressed?"

She later took to her Twitter account to give herself a pat on the back.

What do you think of Stacy Dash's comments?

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Jada Pinkett-Smith & Spike Lee Boycott The Oscars Over Lack Of Diversity Among Nominees. Will Others Join Them? (Video)

Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress Janet Hubert hits out at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith over

  • Janet Hubert, 60, who played original Aunt Vivian on hit 90s sitcom, ripped into Pinket Smith in 4-minute Facebook video 
  • 'Our boys are being shot left and right. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some f*****g actors and Oscars,' Hubert ranted 
  • Magic Mike XXL star Pinkett Smith on Monday called for boycott of Academy Awards due to lack of diversity 
  • Director Spike Lee said he too will be skipping the ceremony, which will be hosted by Chris Rock 
  • Critics were calling on Rock to withdraw from the event; he joked on Twitter that the Oscars were the 'white BET Awards' 
  • Hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which first emerged last year, was resurrected last week after announcement of all-white nominees  
Janet Hubert takes aim at Will and Jada Smith over boycott
Actress Janet Hubert portrayed Will Smith's original Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Aunt Viv's not impressed: Actress Janet Hubert (left) who portrayed Will Smith's original Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air hit out at his wife, Jada Pinket Smith (seen right at the Golden Globes) over her decision to boycott the Oscars this year 

'First of all, Miss Thing,' begins Hubert her tirade, “does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?

'The second thing, girlfriend, there’s a lot of sh** going on in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize. People are dying.

'Our boys are being shot left and right. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some f*****g actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.

'And here’s the other thing: For you to ask other actors, and other black actresses and actors, too, to jeopardize their career and their standing in a town that you know damn well you don’t do that. And here’s the other thing: They don’t care.

'They don’t care! And I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living, made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win.

Magic Mike XXL star Pinkett Smith released a video Monday announcing she would not be attending the Academy Awards
Pinkett Smith cited a lack of diversity among the nominees as a reason for her decision to skip the event

Act of rebellion: Magic Mike XXL star Pinkett Smith released a video Monday announcing she would not be attending the Academy Awards due to a lack of diversity among this year's nominees 

Likely no-show: Chi-raq director Spike Lee also said he would be skipping the ceremony

Likely no-show: Chi-raq director Spike Lee also said he would be skipping the ceremony

Jada Pinkett Smith's MLK day message and 2016 Oscars boycott

'That is not the way life works, baby ... You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama. Ya’ll need to get over yourselves.'

Hubert, 60, is best known for playing Vivian Banks, Will Smith's wealthy and urbane aunt from a tony Los Angeles enclave, who takes in her poor nephew from Philadelphia at the request of her sister.

Hubert was on the popular sitcom from its first season until the end of the third, at which point she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell-Reid for the remainder of the series’ six-year run - a move for which Hubert has long blamed Smith, claiming she was ejected from the show for refusing to bow to his ego.

Smith, has refuted the claims, telling an Atlanta radio station after Hubert's departure that she had a bad attitude.

'[Hubert] said once, "I've been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show." No matter what, to her I'm just the AntiChrist,' the actor said.

CRITICS SLAM ACADEMY AWARDS FOR LACK OF DIVERSITY  

'This institution doesn’t reflect its president and it doesn’t reflect this room. I am an Academy member and it doesn’t reflect me, and it doesn’t reflect this nation,'  - David Oyelowo

'You have to ask the question – are black people normally playing petty criminals? Are women always the love interest or talking about men? Are gay people always stereotyped? Are disabled people ever seen at all?'  - Idris Elba

'... the idea that we could go two years in a row, where 40 actors could be nominated and none of them were black, is just crazy,'  - Michael Moore

'I can't help ask the question: is it time that people of color, recognize how much power and influence we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere,'  - Jada Pinkett Smith

'How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? 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?! WTF!!'  - Spike Lee

'Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets and this year's Academy Awards will be yet another Rocky Mountain Oscar,'  - Rev Al Sharpton 

'Somebody asked was I gonna watch the mother****ing Oscars. F*** no! What the f*** am I gonna watch that bulls*** for? They ain't got no n***** nominated. All these great movies and all this great s*** ya'll keep stealing from us. F*** you! F*** you!’  - Snoop Dog to TMZ 

Role of a lifetinme: Hubert (left), 60, is best known for playing Vivian Banks, Will Smith's wealthy and urbane aunt from a tony Los Angeles enclave, who takes in her poor nephew from Philadelphia

Role of a lifetinme: Hubert (left), 60, is best known for playing Vivian Banks (seen right in a promotional shot), Will Smith's wealthy and urbane aunt from a tony Los Angeles enclave, who takes in her poor nephew from Philadelphia

Hubert was on the popular sitcom from its first season until the end of the third, at which point she was replaced by another actress
Hubert has long blamed Smith for replacing her on the sitcom

Bad blood: Hubert was on the popular sitcom from its first season until the end of the third, at which point she was replaced by another actress - a move she has long blamed on Smith 

New aunt: Daphne Maxwell-Reid (left) was cast as Vivian Banks in 1993 and remained on the show for the remainder of its six-year run

New aunt: Daphne Maxwell-Reid (left) was cast as Vivian Banks in 1993 and remained on the show for the remainder of its six-year run

Simmering tensions between Hubert and Smith came to a head in 2011, amid rumors of a Fresh Prince reunion, when after seeing a picture on Facebook of her former co-stars at an event together, the snubbed actress stated: 'There will never be a reunion ... as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith.'

She told TMZ: 'He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn't know the word.'

In her Facebook rant this week, Hubert brought up their old feud, claiming Smith had refused to negotiate for salary increases alongside the entire cast of Fresh Prince.

'Well karma must be a b****, cause now here you are,' says Herbert in the video.

'Here you are, you’ve had a few flops and you know there are those out there who really deserved a nod.'

She then criticizes both his performance and accent in the film Concussion, which some pundits had thought might land him an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a South African doctor who takes on the National Football League over player safety.

Harsh words: In 2011, Hubert quashed rumors of a possible Fresh Prince reunion, saying: 'There will never be a reunion ... as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith'

Harsh words: In 2011, Hubert quashed rumors of a possible Fresh Prince reunion, saying: 'There will never be a reunion ... as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith'

In her taped message, Hubert (left) called out the wealthy Hollywood power couple as hypocrites and accused Pinkett Smith of putting the careers and livelihoods of other black actors in jeopardy 

To those who might think that she decided to target Smith because of their past history, Hubert says ‘it is not about being bitter - it’s about being right. The only Oscar I care about right now is Oscar Mayer Weiner with mustard and relish.

Chi-raq director Spike Lee also said he would be skipping the ceremony, where he was to be feted as the recipient of this year's honorary Oscar.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Lee said he 'cannot support' the 'lily white' Oscars. Noting that he was writing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lee said he was fed up: 'Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all,' he wrote. 'We can't act?!' 

On Tuesday, Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore, who is white, said that he too will be sitting out this year's glittering Hollywood event, saying that 'the idea that we could go two years in a row, where 40 actors could be nominated and none of them were black, is just crazy,' reported The Wrap.   

The awards show slated for February 28 will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock, who joked on Twitter that the Oscars were 'the White BET Awards' after the nominations were announced last week.

Rock has not publicly commented on the planned boycott.

Under pressure: Critics of the Academy Awards have called on Chris Rock, who will be hosting the ceremony next month, to withdraw from the event in light of the controversy 

Under pressure: Critics of the Academy Awards have called on Chris Rock, who will be hosting the ceremony next month, to withdraw from the event in light of the controversy 

On Monday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs weighed in on the so-called #OscarsSoWhite scandal, saying in a statement she was 'heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion' and promised to implement sweeping changes that would hopefully result in a more diverse group of nominees, and Academy members, in the years to come. 

Many awards handicappers expected nominations for Idris Elba of Beasts of No Nation and Benicio Del Toro for Sicario. The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton also failed to earn a best picture nod, despite some predictions it would. 

Ryan Coogler's acclaimed Rocky sequel Creed scored a nomination only for Sylvester Stallone, leaving its young African-American star Michael B. Jordan empty-handed.  

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Jada Pinkett Smith hints at boycotting Academy Awards for lack of diversity after host Chris Rock calls the Oscars the 'white BET Awards'

Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' second straight year of mostly white nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year's ceremony.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Lee said he "cannot support" the "lily white" Oscars. Noting that he was writing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lee — who in November said he was fed up: "Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all," he wrote. "We can't act?!"

In a video message on Facebook, Pinkett Smith also said she wouldn't attend or watch the Oscars in February. Pinkett Smith, whose husband Will Smith wasn't nominated for his performance in the NFL head trauma drama "Concussion," said it was time for people of color to disregard the Academy Awards.

"Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power," she said. "And we are a dignified people and we are powerful."

She added: "Let's let the academy do them, with all grace and love. And let's do us differently."

Last year's all-white acting nominees also drew calls for a boycott, though not from such prominent individuals as Lee and Pinkett Smith. Whether it had any impact or not, the audience for the broadcast, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was down 16 percent from the year prior, a six-year low.

This year, academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has made a point of presenting a more inclusive show. The Feb. 28 broadcast will be hosted by Chris Rock and produced by "Django Unchained" producer Reginald Hudlin and David Hill. On Saturday, Rock, unveiling a new promotion for the broadcast, called the ceremony "The White BET Awards."

The academy didn't immediately respond to messages left Monday.

In his post, Lee made it clear the Academy Awards is only part of the problem in an industry with deep-rooted diversity issues.

"The Academy Awards is not where the 'real' battle is," wrote Lee. "It's in the executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks. This is where the gate keepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to 'turnaround' or scrap heap. This is what's important. The gate keepers. Those with 'the green light' vote."

Read Spike Lee's Full Statement Below.

I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? 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?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White.

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'The Revenant’ Leads The 2016 Oscar Nominations With 12. Check Out The Complete Academy Awards Nominees (Video)

Jada Pinkett Smith hints at boycot as Chris Rock calls the Oscars the 'white BET Awards'

  • Jada tweeted 'people of color' are 'rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments'
  • The actress added: 'Should people of color refrain from participating all together?'
  • Her husband Will, 47, has been nominated twice before
  • In 2001 he got the nod for Ali (he lost to Denzel Washington for Training Day)
  • In 2006 he was singled out for The Pursuit Of Happyness (he lost to Forest Whitaker for The Last King Of Scotland)
  • The day before host Rock called the Oscars the 'white BET Awards'
Not happy: Jada Pinkett Smith was not happy with the lack of diversity with the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards. On Saturday the actress took to Twitter to express her concerns; here she is seen at the Golden Globe Awards on January 10
Big words: The 44-year-old star hinted that perhaps some people should boycott the Oscars

Big words: The 44-year-old star hinted that perhaps some people should boycott the Oscars

The wife of Will Smith added: 'Should people of color refrain from participating all together?' 

Will was nominated twice: in 2001 for Ali (he lost to Denzel Washington for Training Day) and in 2006 for The Pursuit Of Happyness (he lost to Forest Whitaker for The Last King Of Scotland).

Pinkett has not been nominated for an Academy Award. 

Her other half: 'At the Oscars . . . people of color are always welcomed to give out awards . . . even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments,' said the Gotham star; Will has been nominated twice before at the Academy Awards

Her other half: 'At the Oscars . . . people of color are always welcomed to give out awards . . . even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments,' said the Gotham star; Will has been nominated twice before at the Academy Awards

Her circle: Pinkett with Will and Empire actress Taraji P. Henson, who won Sunday at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel 

Her circle: Pinkett with Will and Empire actress Taraji P. Henson, who won Sunday at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel 

In several back-to-back tweets Smith focused on how there were no black actors nominated in the top categories when the nominees were announced on Thursday, January 14.

The announcement of the nominees was followed by immediate backlash on Twitter, including the use of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. 

Many believed the stars of Straight Outta Compton should have been given a nod, as well as Will for Concussion. 

Chris Rock gives the top 3 reasons to watch the 2016 Oscars

No he didn't: On the same day, Chris Rock called the Oscars - which he is being paid to host - the 'white BET Awards'

This should be fun: The Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 28 at 7 p.m. EST

This should be fun: The Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 28 at 7 p.m. EST

Chris Rock's 'Let's Do This' 2016 Oscars promo

The Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 28 at 7 p.m. EST. 

The Set It Off actress added, 'People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J.'

For the second year in a row, there were no black performers nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress. 

This year's Oscars host, Chris Rock, also referenced the lack of diversity on Twitter.

He posted a 15-second promo clip on Friday with the caption, 'The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.'

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The 88th Annual Academy Awards will honor the best films of 2015. The show will be held on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California at 7 p.m. EST.

Chris Rock will serve as the host of the event, which will air live on ABC.

On Thursday, January 14, Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee and John Krasinski announced the nominees.

"The Revenant" leads the pack with 12 nominations.

See the full list here:

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

Brie Larson, "Room"

Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best Actor

Brian Cranston, "Trumbo"

Matt Damon, "The Martian"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

Michael Fassbender, "Jobs"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"

Rooney Mara, "Carol"

Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"

Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"

Kate Winslet, "Jobs"

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, "The Big Short"

Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"

Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best Picture

"Big Short"

"Bridge of Spies"

"Brooklyn"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

"The Revenant"

"Room"

"Spotlight"

Best Directing

Adam McKay, "The Big Short"

George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "The Revenant"

Lenny Abramson, "Room"

Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

Best Original Screenplay

"Bridge of Spies"

"Ex Machina"

"Inside Out"

"Spotlight"

"Straight Outta Compton"

Best Adapted Screenplay

"The Big Short"

"Brooklyn"

"Carol"

"The Martian"

"Room"

Best Foreign Film

"Embrace the Serpent" (Colombia)

"Mustang" (France)

"Son of Saul" (Hungary)

"Theeb" (Jordan)

"A War" (Denmark)

Best Animated Feature

"Anomalisa"

"Boy and the World""Inside Out"

"Shaun and the Sheep Movie"

"When Marnie Was There"

Best Documentary Feature

"Amy"

"Cartel Land"

"The Look of Silence"

"What Happened, Miss Simone?"

"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom"

Best Visual Effects

"Ex Machina"

"Mad Max"

"The Martian"

"The Revenant"

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Score

"Bridge of Spies"

"Carol"

"The Hateful Eight"

"Sicario"

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Song

"Earned It" ("Fifty Shades of Grey")

"Manta Ray" ("Racing Extinction")

"Simple Song #3" ("Youth")

"Til It Happens to You" ("The Hunting Ground")

"Writing's on the wall" ("Spectre")

Best Cinematography

"Carol"

"The Hateful Eight"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"Sicario"

"The Revenant"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The 100-Year Old Man"

"The Revenant"

Best Costume Design

"Carol"

"Cinderella"

"The Danish Girl"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Revenant"

Best Production Design

"Bridge of Spies"

"The Danish Girl"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

The Revenant"

Best Film Editing

"The Big Short"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Revenant"

"Spotlight"

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Sound Editing

"Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

"The Revenant"

"Sicario"

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Sound Mixing

"Bridge of Spies"

"Mad Max: Fury Road"

"The Martian"

"The Revenant"

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Best Short Film, Animated

"Bear Story"

"Prologue"

"Sanjay's Super Team"

"We Can't Live Without Cosmos"

"World Of Tomorrow"

Best Short Film, Live Action

"Ave Maria"

"Day One"

"Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)"

"Shok"

"Stutterer"

Best Documentary Short Subject

"Body Team 12"

"Chan, Beyond the Lines"

"Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoab"

"A Girl the River: The Price of Forgiveness"

"Last Day of Freedom"

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Comment by mr1stroke on November 3, 2018 at 7:42pm
Lol well well when i speak on it the same people on here either call me haetful and angry now that someone else is preaching they have no choice but to embrace the truth on that note i have to say to the brother Ronsay keep spreading the truth because America have not seen Gods anger the only reason why we have yet to see the worse its because of the good sould who steady praying in good faith but wait for it
Comment by vaughn mitchell on November 3, 2018 at 2:09pm
@ronsay, you said it right. He/she, look like a monster.
Comment by GospelPan on February 12, 2016 at 10:03am
@Ronsay, well said.
Comment by Ronsay on February 11, 2016 at 1:19pm

thank you ruff, it's not just you bra!!! I didn't read read most of this due to the repeating of the article. In my universe these things have no say so in anything, and please women stop calling these men a she, damn blk women be killing me with that this is why i won't have anymore children due to this confused world, once again i will say, most negros as most of this country calls this country a Christian country when their supposed Christian God destroyed an entire city of these things!!! So now their God is gay or in favor of lost minded ppl such as him? Yes Ruff freak of nature!!! I would feel more safe with the animals in the forest rather then to live amongst this so called human life!!!

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on February 10, 2016 at 4:29am
And for the record a transgender is not a women it's a freak of nature
Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on February 10, 2016 at 4:28am
Am I really reading that a transgender has the balls to dis a woman with a real vagina n a man with his penis !!!! Because they boycott the Oscars over diversity among race!!!!! Does this read like a big Oxymoron or is it just me!!!!! Smh
Comment by rashid rourk on January 26, 2016 at 6:56pm

People are questioning the significance of Jada's boycott,asking what difference will she make. Her stance set off a chain of events to make changes in a system for artists who choose to be apart of that system. Will and Jada have financially supported our businesses, plays, movies, and I read they donated $100,000 to the million man march. Why is she being criticized for taking a stand against white supremacy?

Comment by Lynn on January 25, 2016 at 8:56am
How the hell she know why he got divorced was she there
Comment by Lynn on January 25, 2016 at 8:55am
What ever they are is none of her business. That is the problem with people they need to mind their own business
Comment by AfricanGoddess on January 24, 2016 at 11:34pm

@Tall Island Girl
I have nothing against gay folks myself,but sometimes they need to curb it, in order to get respect.

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