Will Packer slams Oscar nominations
The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards have once again been criticized, this time by executive producer of Straight Outta Compton, Will Packer.
Packer joined the already large online criticism of the nominations, which has carried the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, after a number of black actors were snubbed.
Packer wrote: “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.”
“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’s criticism came just hours after actress Jada Pinkett-Smith had a suggested a boycott of the awards.