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O'Shea Jackson Jr. at the Critics Choice Awards 2016.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ star O’Shea Jackson Jr. won’t boycott Oscars

20 January 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – “Straight Outta Compton” star O’Shea Jackson Jr . sounded off in the lack of diversity for this year’s Oscar nominations but he said that he will not be boycotting the event.

Jackson plays the role of his father Ice Cube in the movie and said during the Critics’ Choice Awards that the voters are entitled to their own opinions. He added, “That doesn't mean Straight Outta Compton is not being celebrated. We are still up for an award for original screenplay and I will be there to represent Straight Outta Compton.”

The hashtag “OscarsSoWhite” started trending last week as this is the second year in the row that there are zero actors of color nominated for the awards show. Jackson was one of the actors being buzzed about that could have been easily nominated for this year’s Oscars.

However, the “Straight Outta Compton” screenwriters, all of whom are white, were nominated for a Best Writing Oscar. Despite not having an Oscar nod, the movie’s actors were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a cast.

Jackson said, “When we got the SAG award it really hit us that we'd made something special. I talked to Corey [Hawkins], I talked to Jason [Mitchell], we're all stoked about it.”

Unlike Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, who said they will not be attending the awards ceremony, Jackson has no plan of boycotting it.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in an official statement that she was disappointed by the issue about diversity. She added, "This is a difficult but important conversation, and it's time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership."