Will Smith joins Oscars boycott, Ruffalo also mulling

"This is so deeply not about me", he added. Ironically, the controversy may actually help ratings this year, because of all the pre-show publicity.

Last year's Oscars, also all-white, were tuned out by African-Americans.

"I think around 2004", Clooney said, "certainly there were black nominees - like Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman". Everybody is fantastic, and that's the complexity of this issue.

"There is a position that we hold in this community, and if we're not part of the solution, we're part of the problem", said Smith, a two-time Oscar nominee for his roles in "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness".

AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who happens to be black, has noted that the Academy is working to diversify its membership, but it's already made progress on that front.

Great films and indelible performances get left off the list all the time, every year. Last year, 10% of the voters didn't even bother to *watch* Selma. Nor did "Groundhog Day", "His Girl Friday", "Mean Streets", "Modern Times", "Sullivan's Travels", "Reservoir Dogs" or "The Searchers". It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize (Theron).

Amanda Parris is a writer and actor, and the host of CBC's Exhibitionists. The hot topic that has many people of color and people in general feeling a certain kind of way is the first time that I have considered boycotting anything. Mr. Rock is going to absolutely skewer that institution - and rightfully so.

Twenty out of twenty of this year's acting nominees are white, and that's led to a call for an Oscars boycott. It's probably a good thing.

WILL Smith has confirmed he won't be attending the Academy Awards. If he'd like to retract those remarks, this is his chance to do so.

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As a producer, Whitaker twice found rejection at the studios before raising money independently for 2013's "Fruitvale Station" (the breakout debut of director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan, who reteamed for the Oscar-overlooked "Creed") and Rick Famuyiwa's 2015 teen comedy "Dope". "I never used the word boycott". "So when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it's not reflecting that beauty".

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