Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting the Oscars

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Director Spike Lee and actor Jada Pinkett Smith announced Monday that they are boycotting the upcoming Oscars due to its nearly all-white list of nominees.

The #OscarsSoWhite controversy has raged for a second year in a row after every single acting nomination, once again went to white people. All but one of the nominated directors was also white. Even the nominations for movies about black people, like "Creed" and "Straight Outta Compton," went to white people.

Lee, who was given an honorary Oscar last year, posted a message on Instagram saying that he was skipping the upcoming ceremony.


Pinkett Smith had previously floated the idea of having people of color boycott the Oscars. On Monday, she posted a video confirming that she wouldn't be attending, saying, "We can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgment or respect of any group." She posted the video to Facebook, adding, "We must stand in our power!"