Actor Will Smith joins wife, Jada, in boycotting Oscars

Stars including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee and Mark Ruffalo have all spoken publicly about their disappointment that no black actors or actresses featured in the nominations for the 2016 awards.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced a new plan to avoid #OscarsSoWhite happening again - and it's going to make some people very, very mad.

The steps they plan on taking are designed to increase the diversity of Academy members, as well as ensure that those who are inactive in the film industry are not allowed to remain voting members like they're Supreme Court justices. Most likely, it is in protest of the Academy's lack of non-white acting nominees, which Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith also brought attention to. "The entire American system is rife with the kind of white privilege racism that goes into our justice system".

Chris Rock is to host the event on Feb. 28.

The controversy originated following the announcement of nominations last week. Idris Elba, who was not nominated for his role in Netflix' critically acclaimed "Beasts of No Nation", also had no immediate response.

Smith, who has been nominated twice before, for 2001's "Ali" and 2006's "The Pursuit of Happyness", said he believes the industry can do better.

"If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job", Clooney told Variety. But at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay.

"I really appreciated this article in Time on the lack of racial and gender diversity in this year's Oscar nominations", she posted. "It would be awkward to show up with Charlize [Theron]".

The actor did note, however, that both times he was nominated for an Oscar he lost to black men.

- Each new member's voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. "This is so deeply not about me".

On Friday, the board which oversees the Oscars listed what it called "historic" goals to counter an explosion of criticism over minority representation.

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