Will Smith speaks out on why he’s not going to the Oscars, suggests not getting a nomination has nothing to do with it
“I’ve been nominated twice for an Academy Award and I’ve never lost to a white person. The first time I lost to Denzel, the second time I lost to Forest Whitaker.”
Will Smith will not be attending the Oscars this year; he confirmed Thursday in an interview.
“We’re part of this community but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK,” Smith said.
The 47-year-old actor is one of the many to address the Oscars’ lack of diversity. Not a single actor of color was nominated for an Academy Award for the second year in a row, prompting the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
Smith, a two-time Oscar nominee in previous years, was snubbed by the Academy this year for his role in “Concussion,” though he insists it’s not the entire reason that he and his wife are taking a stand.
“There’s probably a part of that in there but, for Jada, had I been nominated and no other people of color were, she would have made the video anyway,”Smith told Roberts. “We’d still be here having this conversation. This is so deeply not about me.”
“When I look at it, the nominations reflect the Academy. The Academy reflects the industry, reflects Hollywood. And then the industry reflects America, it reflects a series of challenges that we are having in our country at the moment,” Smith said. “There’s a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony. And that’s not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind. That’s not the industry, that’s not the America I want to leave behind.”
As the actor explained earlier in the interview, diversity is what makes America so great. And when the Academy doesn’t reflect that diversity, there’s a problem.
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h/t – ABC News