Pinkett Smith näib olevat pettunud, et tema abikaasa Will Smith, kes esitati oma rolli eest filmis "Concussion" Oscari kandidaadiks, nominatsiooni siiski ei saanud.

Naine teatas videopöördumises, et tunnustuse kerjamine ja nominatsiooni palumine mõjub väärikusele. "See nõrgendab võimu ja me oleme väärikad ja võimsad inimesed. Ärgem unustagem seda," ütles ta ja lisas, et las Akadeemia teeb, mida soovib ja nemad teevad teistmoodi.

Proua Smith edastas sõnumi ka Oscari gala õhtujuhile Chris Rockile teatades, et ta ei osale küll galal ega vaata seda ka televiisori vahendusel, aga ta ei kujuta ette ühtegi paremat meest selle töö tegemiseks, kui Rock seda on.

We must stand in our power!

We must stand in our power.
Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday, January 18, 2016

Rock ei ole samuti suu peale kukkunud ja säutus Twitteris: "The #Oscars. The White BET Awards."

Pinkett ei ole ainus staar, kes Oscareid sel aastal väldib. Spike Lee on samuti teatanud, et ta ei osale galal. Leed autasustati kuldmehikesega vaid eelmisel aastal.

#OscarsSoWhite... Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

A photo posted by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Jan 18, 2016 at 5:03am PST

Nii Pinkett kui Lee põhjendavad boikotti sellega, et Oscari nominatsioonide hulgas puudub rassiline mitmekesisus.