Will Smith joins wife boycotting Academy Awards

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Will Smith joins wife boycotting Academy Awards

Smith said he didn't know that his wife was going to post a Facebook video announcing her own boycott of the Oscars.

"We've discussed it. We're part of this community".

In an interview aired on Thursday, Smith said diversity was "the American super-power" and that, "at its best, Hollywood creates the imagery for that beauty".

Jada Pinkett Smith made headlines with her impassioned video explaining her reasons for not attending.

In the video, Hubert said she finds it "ironic that somebody who has made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people you're talking about boycotting just because you didn't get a nomination, just because you didn't win". And then the industry reflects America, it reflects a series of challenges we're having in our country at the moment.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith had no immediate reaction to the Film Academy's reforms announced Friday. Being that Smith was allegedly at least partially responsible for Hubert's untimely exit from Fresh Prince, something tell us this "let's all work together" business might not sit so well with her.

"There is a position that we hold in this community, and if we're not part of the solution, we're part of the problem", said Smith, a two-time Oscar nominee for his roles in "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness".

Smith added that these nominations are representative of the nation's "regressive slide" towards "separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony".

Jada is one of those A-listers who has been extremely vocal about the issue and, along with others, even triggered a statement from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Mark Ruffalo, nominated for his performance in the newspaper drama Spotlight, told BBC News he was "weighing" whether to skip the ceremony.

 

Also today, former president of the Academy, Hawk Koch, issued a statement to Variety calling for the entertainment industry to take an active role in increasing diversity. 

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