Lupita Nyong'O Joins #OscarsSoWhite Movement

Award-winning actress criticises the Oscars 2016 nominations.

2:31 AM EST 1/21/2016 by Rhea Pruto, Celebeat Reporter

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Lupita Nyong'o joined in the fray calling out the Academy for not having enough diversity on this year's nominations. Using her Instagram, she shared how disappointed she is of this year's nominations. 

An Oscar-winning actress herself for her performance in the 2013 film "12 Years a Slave," Nyong'O cannot fathom why this year's nominations moved backwards instead of show improvement in terms of diversity. She said the all-white nominations this year made her think about "unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige" in the modern culture. She also has a lot to say about the Awards' more fitting role in the art scene. According to her, it is not right for the Academy to dictate what should constitute as art in the modern society. Instead, it should be a reflection of what the art scene has to offer, which is very diverse. With that, she said she is one with those who have rallied ever since the nominations were announced.  

The whole post can be read below: 

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin #manystoriesmanyvoices

A photo posted by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on 

Nyong'O's sentiment echoed that of other artists and entertainment figures, such as Jada Pinkett Smith, George Clooney and director Spike Lee. Smith on her part shared that she would boycott this year's ceremony. Lee also expressed that he would be boycotting the Oscars, even if he was awarded an honorary Oscar last November. Clooney shared to Variety that it seems the Academy is sliding backwards instead of moving forward this year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is behind the nominations and awards in the Oscars, already released a statement that it is ready to make more changes, as reported by ET Online. Academy President Cheryl Boone wrote that her heart is personally broken by the "lack of inclusion."

Not all in the industry side with the need to boycott and rally, though. Smith herself was singled out by 'Fresh Prince' star Janet Hubert, calling her actions 'suspect,' as reported by ET Online. In an interview with Fox and Friends, Fox News contributor Stacey Dash also said Lee's and Smith's decision to boycott the Oscars is "ludicrous."

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