Ice Cube Says He 'Can't Be Mad' About Straight Outta Compton Snub: 'It's the Oscars, They Do What They Do'
Ice Cube told Wendy Williams he's "not pissed" but also "not surprised" the film failed to earn a Best Picture Oscar nod
Straight Outta Compton might have been one of the biggest snubs in the Best Picture category when the 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday, but Ice Cube, a driving force behind the film, said he “can’t be mad” about it.
The star, a producer on the highly personal project, appeared on The Wendy Williams Show shortly after the nominations were announced Thursday and matter-of-factly agreed when Williams told him she was “expecting more” nominations for the movie that chronicles hip-hop group N.W.A.’s rise to fame. (Ice Cube, of course, is a founding member of the group, and real-life son O’Shea Jackson Jr. portrays him onscreen.)
“Me, too,” he replied. “I’m not pissed. I’m not surprised. It’s the Oscars, they do what they do.”
The film received only a single nomination – for Best Original Screenplay – and social media was promptly flooded with comments about the lack of diversity among this year’s crop of nominees.
Even so, the Ride Along 2 star, 46, remained above the fray Thursday, telling Williams that it’s tough to be upset when the film has been such a success.
“The people loved the movie, the people supported the movie, it was No. 1 at the box office, over $200 million worldwide. I can’t be mad, you know.”
Williams, meanwhile, briefly teared up when she told him she saw the film twice, explaining she brought her son to a screening because he “needs to know the history.”