Following an outcry over the all-white roster of actors nominated for this year's Oscars, the president of the film academy said Monday she was heartbroken by the lack of diversity and working to implement change. "This is a hard but important conversation, and it's time for big changes".
As for what those changes will be, Boone Isaacs says that the Academy "is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup" of its membership, and that it will be looking into the way it recruits members "in order to bring about much-needed diversity".
Her husband Will Smith who stars in the football injury drama "Concussion" and Idris Elba who portrayed an African warlord in "Beasts of No Nation" were among black actors snubbed this year.
The Academy's recruitment process is somewhat reminiscent of an exclusive country club: Applications aren't accepted; instead, prospective members must be sponsored by two current members-the exemption is when you've been nominated for an Oscar, in which case you're automatically considered for membership. We hope you're sitting down.
This is the second year in a row in which African-American performers have not been nominated in any of the acting categories.
"I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and has made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you're talking about boycotting just because you didn't get a nomination, just because you didn't win?" said Hubert.
"People even complain even when we have a lot of nominations". Alongside Lee, actress Jada Pinkett Smith has said she will not be attending the Oscars due to the lack of diversity, posting her announcement to Facebook.
"I think around 2004, certainly there were black nominees - like Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman", said Clooney.
Lee, who has long criticized the academy, said earlier this week that he would not attend the awards show in Los Angeles in February 28.
"This institution doesn't reflect its president and it doesn't reflect this room", Oyelowo said.
"Creed" co-star Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role of Rocky Balboa, earned a nod, but the film s star Michael B. Jordan did not. "We used to be better at it".