Will Packer, “Straight Outta Compton” executive producer, has called the 2016 Oscar nomination snubs unfair and embarrassing.
Packer weighed in on the lack of diversity in the 88th annual Academy Awards’ nomination list in a Facebook post, reported Aceshowbiz.
“I want to congratulate all of the Academy Award nominees. These people are quite deserving of being recognised as the best in their field this year,” Packer began his note.
He then mentioned a number of people who weren’t nominated for the Oscars this year.
“But who I REALLY want to applaud are some other actors, directors and producers who were at the top of their game this year. A list that includes, but is not limited to, Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan [and] Will Smith.” Read the complete list of Oscars 2016 nominees
“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. Those of us in the industry who labour to make the best content we can are especially sensitive to a perceived systemic bias against a group of people or type of film,” said Packer in reference to films focusing on black stories being snubbed from the awards show for the second consecutive year.
He continued, “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. I repeat-it’s embarrassing. It’s unfair to the performers of color who sacrificed so much, laid it all on the line AND DELIVERED with their projects this year.”