The New York Times also reports that the Academy plans to address its diversity issues at a meeting next Tuesday, possibly by expanding the field of nominees.
Updated at 11:45 a.m. on January 19: Actress Janet Hubert, who co-starred with Will Smith as Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, posted a withering response to Jada Pinkett Smith's Oscars boycott. Hubert had a number of choice words for Smith in her YouTube video, taking her to task for speaking for her husband ("First of all, Miss Thing: Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?"); pressuring other actors to boycott the event ("For you to ask other actors to jeopardize their careers… you know damn well, you don't do that"); and neglecting other more important racial issues ("People are dying. Our boys are being shot left and right. People are hungry... And you're talking about some motherfucking actors and Oscars. It just ain't that deep"). Hubert also took aim at former co-star Will Smith. She accused him of failing to help his fellow actors negotiate their salaries back on Fresh Prince, and added she didn't think he deserved his Golden Globes nomination for Concussion. "You ain't Barack and Michelle Obama," the actress added. " And y'all need to get over yourselves … You are a part of Hollywood. You are a part of the system that is unfair to other actors."
Michael B. Jordan’s performance in Creed was ignored, as was Will Smith’s turn in Concussion. Pinkett Smith (who is Will Smith's wife) is encouraging people of color to invest in their own awards ceremonies.
#OscarsSoWhite... Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)