By Sarah Carroll
Outrage continues to grow over the lack of diversity in this year’s crop of Oscar nominees.
“We’re part of this community. But at the current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay,” he said.
“My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize [Theron],” Smith joked.
Smith is a two-time Academy Award nominee and was nominated for a Golden Globe this year for his role in “Concussion.” Many thought he would also be recognized by the the Academy this awards season, but he did not receive a nomination.
Smith believes America’s diversity should be celebrated in the entertainment industry.
“That’s why we are great,” Smith said. “So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspiration and their influences to this beautiful American gumbo.”
“For me, at its best, Hollywood represents and then creates the imagery for that beauty,” he continued. “But for my part, I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great.” “So when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty,” he said.
For the second year in a row, all of the Oscar nominees in the major acting categories are white.
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs addressed the controversy in a written statement earlier this week.
“I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.”