Will Smith Says He’s Not Boycotting The Oscars Because Of His Snub
In an interview with Good Morning Britain (via NME), Will Smith once again said that he’s not boycotting the Academy Awards due to his performance in Concussion not getting a Best Actor nomination. All twenty acting nominees were white this year, the second year in a row.
Smith said the boycott “has nothing to do with me being nominated or not or wanting to win awards or not”.
He added: ““For me the issue is, I believe diversity is America’s superpower. I think that’s what makes our country great and special. If the image coming out of Hollywood narrows, it’s almost criminal. It’s like we’re narrowing the collective American imagination and that to me is the issue. I’m a member of the Academy, so this is a problem that we all have to solve collectively. For me the only reason it’s an issue this year is because it feels like a regression. There is something happening in our country that’s being reflected in Hollywood, that’s being reflected in the Academy that I for one want to be a part of making the adjustment. I want to be part of the solution.”
Smith joins his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee in boycotting the ceremony. The event happens in LA on February 28, hosted by Chris Rock.