"And the winner is... all the white guys!"
American sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live last night (January 23) poked fun at the Oscars diversity row, which has pushed several actors to boycott the awards.
In response to the controversy over this year’s nominations, organisers of the Oscars have announced plans to double the number of female and minority members of the Academy.
This is the second consecutive year in which 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 in February.
SNL‘s sketch shows five white men who have played small roles in films as nominees for the Best Actor award at the ‘Screen Guild Awards’. The host then announces the winner as ‘all the white guys’. See the skit below.
Ice Cube, producer of Straight Outta Compton, recently gave his take on the controversy.
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.
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show on Friday (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.
“We don’t do movies for the industry,” he said. “We do movies for the fans, for the people. And the industry, you know, if they give you a trophy 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?” he concluded. “It’s crying about not having enough icing on your cake, it’s just ridiculous.”