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Gina Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross & More Respond to Jada Pinkett Smith’s Proposed Oscar Boycott

by Stacy Lambe 4:58 PM PST, January 17, 2016
Playing Gina Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross & More Respond to Jada Pinkett Smith’s Proposed Oscar Boycott

Following the all-white acting nominations for the 2016 Oscars, Hollywood has been discussing the issue of diversity when it comes to the annual awards show.

As people in Hollywood try to figure out how to solve the issue, Jada Pinkett Smith suggested that people of color should “refrain from participating all together.”

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The news certainly was a hot topic on the blue carpet of the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday. When asked about whether or not people should skip the 88th Academy Awards, Niecy Nash suggested that a boycott was not necessarily the solution.

“I don't know if avoiding it altogether is going to help, but I just think we have to continue to move forward,” the Getting On actress told ET. “We have this awareness and this spotlight -- we've got to look at other work. There’s other work out there that I think was missed. We’ve just got to do better.”

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“You also have to look at the diversity on the Academy’s board,” Gina Rodriguez said of the Oscars’ eligible voting membership, which are mostly white men with an average age of 62. “It’s not as diverse as reflected in today's society. [We’ve] got to fix that.”

Meanwhile, Tracee Ellis Ross told ET she “wasn’t planning on going anyway.” But the Black-ish star quickly clarified that she probably wasn’t going to be invited because, as a TV actress, the ceremony “does not necessarily apply” to her.

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However, the Best Acting in a Comedy Series nominee did bring the focus back to Sunday’s awards. “The Critics’ Choice Awards reflect the world we live in and that is an example I think we should all look at,” she said.

While all of the Oscars’ 20 acting nominees went to white, cisgender and straight-identifying actors, the Critics’ Choice Awards’ pool of nominees are far more diverse. On the TV side, Black-Ish, Empire, Fresh Off the Boat, Jane the Virgin, Mr. Robot, and Transparent are all up for multiple awards.

On the film side, the Critics’ Choice Awards does face a similar issue over diversity. Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), and Shameik Moore (Dope) are the only people of color nominated for an acting award, all up for Best Young Actor/Actress. 

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