His wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, had vowed that she would not attend the ceremony this year since no actor or actress of color was nominated for an award. Will himself was overlooked by the Academy for his performance in “Concussion,” for which he had received a Golden Globe nomination.
During the interview, Will revealed that he would not attend the ceremony on February 28. He shared, “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize (Theron). We’ve discussed it. We’re part of this community. But at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay.”
He continued, “For me, at its best, Hollywood represents and then creates the imagery for that beauty. But for my part, I think I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and the Hollywood community great. So when I look at the series of nominations from the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty.” Watch!
Last night, Steve Harvey showed some support for Jada’s boycott over the Oscars. He said to "Exra's" AJ Calloway, "I respect the boycott. Nobody? I mean that's really, really weird. You look at the films and you come away with nobody? That's... that's kind of crazy.”
Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo have also spoken out about the Academy’s lack of diversity. Oyelowo, whose performance in “Selma" was surprisingly overlooked last year, spoke out at this year's King Legacy Awards, sharing details of a meeting he had had with the Academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is African-American herself. He said, "The Academy has a problem. It’s a problem that needs to be solved. A year ago, I did a film called ‘Selma,' and after the Academy Awards, Cheryl invited me to her office to talk about what went wrong then. We had a deep and meaningful [conversation]. For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of color, actresses of color, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable.”
Lupita posted her note on Instagram with a quote from James Baldwin as the caption.