Since the nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards were announced a couple of things have happened. For one, the main nominations, for yet another year, were overwhelmingly white. As a result, the continuing cry by minority Hollywood stars for more diversity is full force once again. Two stars have even gone far enough to call for a boycott of the awards ceremony.
Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith have called for a boycott of the ceremony, despite having Chris Rock as host, due to the lack of diversity among the nominees. The boycott isn’t just due to race, but a majority of the nominees outside of the gender specific categories are male. There is a call for action by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to not only include more actors, directors, and writers of color but for them to include more deserving women in various categories.