Ice Cube Responds To Oscars' 'Straight Outta Compton' Snub

Comedian Chris Rock, who is black, is hosting the star-studded ceremony and many are predicting that he will have a "field day" poking fun at the all-white lineup of actors nominated. That's the only logical conclusion to be made by Elba, and Beasts of No Nation, was snubbed by the Academy. Now, in a year that saw such movies as Beasts of No Nation (co-starring Idris Elba) and Creed (starring Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson), they've repeated the trick for a second straight year.

"I was surprised you weren't nominated for more than just Best Original Screenplay", Williams said, while slipping in a swift "congratulations" to the rapper-turned-filmmaker.

Much is always at stake when Oscar nominations are announced, from box-office and career prospects to industry prestige and the direction of Hollywood to come.

I was glad Paul Giamatti, who I love, didn't get nominated for Compton or Love & Mercy. And then she got to Best Picture and ran into The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's last name (around the 10:49 mark).

Before a year ago, it had been almost two decades since the academy had nominated such a white pool of actors.

The 88th annual Oscars airs Sunday February 28 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

This certainly isn't the conversation The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would like us to be having this morning.

As for gay nominees, Lily Tomlin (Grandma) and Sarah Paulson (Carol) were also overlooked while filmmaker Todd Haynes, who was thought to be a shoe-in for Carol, was snubbed in the directing category.

Those voicing disappointment included the academy's president herself, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Both were so damn good in these films.

Rapper Ice Cube and his son O'Shea Jackson star in N.W.A. documentary Straight Outta Compton. I hope this isn't discouraging for anybody and for filmmakers in particular. You keep out there.

To add insult to injury, there were two people who got nominations for Straight Outta Compton as screenwriters - but they are a white guy and a white woman. Wow.

"We have had historic moments before", she said. "Even though this nomination was for us, for writing, we were just telling their story".

Previously, Isaacs stated that she has "no power" over the filmmaking process.

A record 11 Australians have been shortlisted for this year's Academy awards in Los Angeles. Additionally, LGBT films Dallas Buyers Club and Philomena were up for the top prizes.

Sylvester Stallone was nominated for supporting actor for his performance in Warner Bros.

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