Stella Dimoko Will Smith Breaks Silence On The Oscars Brouhaha And Blasts Them For Lack Of Diversity


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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Will Smith Breaks Silence On The Oscars Brouhaha And Blasts Them For Lack Of Diversity

Will Smith broke his silence this morning about the controversy surrounding his wife’s proposed Oscar boycott, saying that he also won’t be attending this year’s ceremony because he believes that Hollywood is ‘going in the wrong direction’ when it comes to diversity.

The 47-year-old star of Concussion sat down with ABC’s Robin Roberts on Good Morning America to share his thoughts on this year’s overwhelmingly white Academy Award nominations, and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s videotaped call to action.

‘I think that diversity is the American superpower. That's why we're great,’ he told Roberts in the exclusive interview.
‘So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspirations, their influences to this beautiful American gumbo. … so when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it is not reflecting that beauty.’

A growing number of Hollywood heavyweights, including Spike Lee, Michael Moore and George Clooney, have publicly criticized the Academy for failing to nominate people of color in any of the major acting categories this year.

In an interview with Variety this week, Clooney, himself a two-time Oscar winner, said Hollywood has been moving in the wrong direction on diversity over the past decade.
On Thursday, Smith seemed to echo that sentiment, recalling his personal experiences as an Oscar nominee in 2001, for the film Ali, and in 2006 for his role in The Pursuit of Happyness.

‘I've been nominated twice for Academy Awards, and I’ve never lost to a white person,’ he said with a laugh. ‘The first time I lost to Denzel [Washington], and the second time I lost to Forrest Whitaker.I see this list and series of nominations to come out, and everyone is fantastic... but it feels like it's going in the wrong direction,' he added.

‘There was a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony, and that's not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind.'

Na wah,even 'white' voices have joined?Hmmmm the Oscar organisers have work to do ooooooooo.
Wetin concern me sef?why i carry this matter for head like gala?Look at our Nollywood,do they even have an Oscar version in Nigeria?Mscheeew!


Jasmine said...


Eka Joy said...

Solidarity. I like.

Ada Nwanbueze said...

Na dem sabi

sassy chick yumyum yummyest said...

Ordinary Nigerian headless..U see the outcome


Stella we have our own oscars.
Its known as African magic viewers choice awards(AMVCA)
Its been going on strong 3 or is it 4 yrs? And counting..

And like old wine, it gets better by the year.
Even though the award is for africa, nollywood takes great pride in it.
They'll get there..

Nwayo nwayo ka e ji alacha ofe di oku.


If Nollywood don't have African version of Oscar so what do you call AMAA?

POTABLE viv said...

Are they still in this?
Not interested again

Yemi7up said...

Stella we do o. AMA ( AFRICA MOVIE AWARD).

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IVORY said...

Lmaooo. Nigerian Oscar ko,Nigerian hunter ni

Cynthia Iyede said...

Ayu ah! No matter what they said or think, racism won't change.
Stella our own oscar is Amaa na. Abi you don forget?

Alloy Chikezie said...


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Gbogbo Bigz Girlz. (GBG) said...

Why the hiss?
Must we copy everything oyinbo man does?

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One trillion said...

End time awards

The Sexiest Mother Of This Blog said...


Anonymous said...

Black people have to step their damn game up and stop complaining

Look at how African Americans are treated like goat and slaughtered by police and racists

Why can't the Smith's talk about that

Linda have you forgot aluu 4

Tell them to pass a law against domestic abuse and jungle justice

We can change the world.

Iphie dearie said...

Some people are reasonable.
I knew the unbiased "whites" will lend their voice to this course sooner or later.

@DGoldenJenny said...

I love that film CONCUSSION
Very interesting and full of inspiration
The main character their is mr SMITH(Dr. omaluoa) an igbo medical doctor; graduated from the university of Nigeria Nnsuka
Very brilliant in his line of course.
This man loves experiment to the extend that anytime they have an emergency of a death patient; without a full detail on the cause of the passing away of the patient ;he takes it as a point of duty to analized,experiments and as well as carry on reasearch on the deceased to actualize the main cause of his death.
Just go and watch the film, you will never regret it....yUMMY

@DGoldenJenny said...

Hi guys
I 4get to say that the movie is also EDUCATIVE
Have a splendid night rest all.

Adaora Ozoemena said...

Me love will smith long time

Fab Mum said...

They have a website.. Go there.. Just type their Name and it will come up

Fab Mum said...

I also thought that film will be nominated and Smith among the list of people for nomination.. He did well in that movie. Very very well.. He even tried with his accent even though he didn't really get it but he tried.. So yes he should be on that list

Another person that should be on that list if Chiwetel Ejiofor for his role in the Martian.. He should have been nominated for best supporting actor..

Another movie is straight out of Compton...

CharisMAtic DIVA said...

My man crush any time any day lol
Tell 'em, Will tell 'em

Ekunie Ify said...


Olu said...

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Anonymous said...

Linda ko Ikeji ni.

Olu said...

Annon see ure life o. Copy and paste. Blog waka waka.

@DGoldenJenny said...

Hi guys
I 4get to say that the movie is also EDUCATIVE
Have a splendid night rest all.

natt nathaniel said...

Yes we have oscar version in Nigeria.

All dose stand up comedy shows no sweet pass oscar award? Award no dey am abi?Abegi leave thrash 4 kolekole.
End time oscar award

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