Jada Pinkett Smith to Boycott the Oscars Over African-American Snub
Jada Pinkett Smith has joined Spike Lee in boycotting the Oscars after voters failed to nominate any African-Americans for the major awards last week. The actress, who starred in Lee’s 2000 film Bamboozled, has officially declared she will not be attending or watching the 2016 Academy Awards.
In a video posted on Facebook on Martin Luther King Day, Will Smith’s wife said, “Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere? Maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power.” The actress’ husband was one of the black stars many Oscars experts felt should have received a nomination for his role in Concussion. Pinkett Smith’s video message came hours after Spike Lee announced he would not be attending the Oscars this year, just two months after he was presented with an honorary Oscar for his contributions to the movie industry.