'Straight Outta Compton' Will Be Represented by White Nominees at 2016 Oscars, Academy Responds
By Sophie Schillaci
Drama continues to unfold surrounding the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
The Academy has responded to speculation that Straight Out of Compton will be solely represented by only four white screenwriters at the Oscars -- with the film's producer, Ice Cube, and each of the black actors left off the ceremony guest list.
"The Academy invites the nominees only, and each studio gets a limited ticket allotment, based on the number of nominated films, to use at their discretion," reads a statement from the Academy issued on Thursday. "It has been this way for decades."
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus are nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Feb. 28 awards.
Cube hasn’t addressed the chatter on social media, but he did recently tweet about an appearance with his Ride Along 2 co-star, Kevin Hart, on The Graham Norton show.
"I never used to go anyway," he said with a laugh, when asked whether he would be attending the 2016 Oscars after the snub. "You can't boycott something that you never went to anyway. That's kinda weird."
"We don't do movies for the industry, we do movies for the fans, for the people. The industry, if they give you a trophy or not, they pat you on the back or not, it's nice -- but it's not something you should dwell on," he continued. "We got so much praise for the movie, and it's like -- how could you be mad because one other academy or guild or anybody didn't say it's number one? It's crying about not having enough icing on your cake. It's just ridiculous."
ET caught up with Cube's fellow N.W.A. member and Straight Outta Compton producer Dr. Dre in August, at the film's premiere. "It was goosebumps -- a little bit surreal," Dre said of watching the film. "Some guys that came from nothing that created something. That's just amazing."