Filmmaker Spike Lee said yesterday that while he and his wife are staying away from this year’s Oscars ceremony, he has not called for a boycott because of the all-white lineup of nominees in the actor categories.
I have never used the word boycott,” he said in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America show.
Lee wrote an open letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president and board of governors – and posted on Instagram on Monday – decrying the “lily white” nominations for a second year running, saying he and his wife would not attend.
Other Hollywood A-listers, such as actress Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of Will Smith, also expressed outrage at the absence of minority nominees.
In his letter Lee said the fault lay with studio executives who decide what films to make rather than the academy’s voting members.
He suggested the only way things would change was if studios adopted a system like the National Football League’s, which requires minorities to be interviewed when coaching or executive positions open up.
‘We’re not in the room at these meetings when they look at scripts and decide what we’re making, or not making.”