No non-white stars were nominated in this year's Academy Award individual acting categories

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated January 17, 2016 12:10 PM
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On Saturday, Jada Pinkett Smith floated the idea of an Oscars boycott when addressing the controversy surrounding this year’s nominations on social media.

In a series of tweets, the actress, 44, spoke about the lack of non-white actors being nominated for individual acting categories at the annual awards ceremony.

“At the Oscars … people of color are always welcomed to give out awards … even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments,” she wrote. “Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”

Pickett Smith continued, “People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment.”

Not a single actor of color was nominated for an award at the Feb. 28 ceremony, including Pinkett Smith’s husband Will Smith, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his turn as Dr. Bennet Omalu in Concussion.

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In the days since the nominations were announced, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended on social media, and the Academy received backlash for snubbing films like Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation.

The Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs spoke out about the situation earlier this week, telling Deadline, “of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness [of the films nominated].”

Isaacs noted that a change in the Academy’s approach to diversity is crucial, conceding, “we have got to speed it up.”