Lack of diversity may see Jada Pinkett Smith boycott Oscars

Jada Pinkett Smith is speaking out against the lack of diversity in the Oscars nominations, floating the idea of a boycott.

While noting the presence of Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in the nominations, critics still point out the lack of acknowledgement of black and African American figures.

Idris Elba, Will Smith, Michael B Jordan, and of course the cast and crew of Straight Outta Compton, were conspicuously subbed. Straight Outta Compton received only one nomination: original screenplay for Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus — who are all white.

Pinkett Smith took to Facebook to voice her thoughts writing: "At the Oscars, people of colour are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognised for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of colour refrain from participating all together?

People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J."

Last year's #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came back in full force following this year's nomination announcement last week as the public voiced their disappointment.

And Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told she too was let down by the oversights.

At the Oscars...people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain, but we are rarely recognized...

Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

"Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness [of the films nominated]. This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board. You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it," she said.

And in reference to the Academy's efforts at achieving true diversity, added "we have got to speed it up".

The Oscars take place on February 28.