Ice Cube, producer of Straight Outta Compton, has given his take on the current controversy surrounding diversity at The Oscars.
Compton is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Screenplay category but is one of the films some commentators feel has been snubbed in a year in which white actors yet again dominate the nominations.
For the second consecutive year, all 20 acting nominees at the Oscars are white, which has prompted criticism from actors including George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Will Smith, who has announced he will be boycotting the awards ceremony next month (February).
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show last night (January 22), Cube said that he is not planning to boycott the awards as he has never been before.
“You can’t boycott something that you never went to anyway,” he said before suggesting that he won’t be at the ceremony in February.
Speaking more broadly about awards and recognition within the film industry, he continued: “We don’t do movies for the industry. We do movies for the fans, for the people. And the industry, you know, if they give you a trophy or not or pat you on the back or not, it’s nice but its not something that you should dwell on.
“We got accolades from all levels, from our core fans to our curious fans, from people who didn’t even think they wanted to see that movie. I think an older generation got an understanding on why we did that kind of music and the younger generation got a history lesson, and we got so much praise for the movie.
“How could you be mad because one other academy or guild or whatever didn’t say [we’re] No. 1 … It’s crying about not having enough icing on your cake.”
Since the nominations were announced and the #oscarssowhite backlash began, organisers have announced plans to double the number of female and minority members of the Academy.
The move will come into full effect by 2020 and will see three new seats added to the Academy’s board of governors in a bid to improve the diversity of the panel.