‘Straight Outta Compton’ producer calls Oscar nominations ‘embarrassing’

Will Packer hits out at Oscar nominations for their lack of diversity

Straight Outta Compton executive producer Will Packer has criticised the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominations.

In a post on his Facebook page on Friday (January 15), Packer added his voice to a chorus of online criticism being directed at the the 88th Academy Awards under the hashtag ‘#OscarsSoWhite’.

“To my #‎OscarsSoWhite folks who are angry at the absurd lack of diversity highlighted yet again by this year’s Oscar noms. Trust me, I get it,” writes Packer.

He adds: “To my Academy colleagues, WE HAVE TO DO BETTER. Period. The reason the rest of the world looks at us like we have no clue is because in 2016 it’s a complete embarrassment to say that the heights of cinematic achievement have only been reached by white people.”

Packer goes on the applaud a number of black actors who he says have been left off the list including Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, John Boyega and Audra McDonald.

His intervention comes after several Hollywood figures called out the Oscars for snubbing black actors and movies in their nominations.

Chris Rock, who will host this year’s awards show, described the Oscars the “white BET awards” while Jada Pinkett Smith said that people of colour are “rarely recognised” for their acting accomplishments.