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Will Smith Invited To British Seaside Resort On Oscars Weekend


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The 47-year-old actor hit the headlines when he and Jada announced their intention to boycott the Academy Awards later this month (Feb16) due to the lack of diversity among the nominees.

Now the pair has a free weekend coming up when the rest of Hollywood will be walking the red carpet, they have been invited to spend their time at Butlin’s in Bognor Regis, England.

Will first learnt about the much-loved Butlin’s resorts when he once appeared on The Graham Norton Show with Catherine Zeta-Jones – who competed in a talent contest at the Minehead resort back in 1979 and reached the final.

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Jada Pinkett Smith: 'It's Not About Black Voting For Black'


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The actress is spearheading the race row currently dominating Hollywood after declaring she will be boycotting the 2016 Oscars due to the lack of diversity among the nominees.

In a chat with TMZ, Jada confirmed she and her husband Will still have no plans to attend the glitzy event on 28 February (16) but admitted she is glad that more black voters will be added to the Academy's governing seats.

"You know, of course I think that's necessary but I'm also hoping that the Academy understands it's not just about having more black voters in order to give the connotation that black people vote black," she told the news outlet. "But that the Academy as a whole, we all need to, as human beings, get to know each other, expand our education about everyone."

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Sylvester Stallone Admits He Considered Oscars Boycott


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Sylvester Stallone has admitted he considered boycotting this year’s Academy Awards because of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. The Creed star is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, but his co-star Michael B. Jordan and the film’s director Ryan Coogler both missed out on nominations.

Sylvester Stallone CreedSylvester Stallone with Michael B. Jordan in Creed.

“Certainly, there is a universal law of existence. You either adapt or cease to exist. Adaptation and evolving were definitely necessary,” Stallone said when asked about the Academy’s new measures to diversify their membership (via Entertainment Weekly).

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88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON

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88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON

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Anthony Anderson Addresses Oscars Controversy At Naacp Image Awards


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The former Law & Order star, who won the award for best actor in a comedy series at the 47th annual ceremony on Friday (05Feb16), dedicated a portion of his opening monologue to the ongoing controversy surrounding The Oscars and the lack of black actors in the nominations for the second year running.

"Look at all of these beautiful shades of people in the audience," he told the star-studded crowd. "Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like. I love seeing all these faces; black people working. Everybody keeps saying it's a comeback. But hell, don't call it a comeback. We've been here for years."

Upon spotting Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who both waded into the Oscars boycott row last month (Jan16), Anderson joked, "They better be here after all this ish (sic) they started!"

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Do The Black Oscars Really Need To Be Brought Back?


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With the #OscarsSoWhite debate still ongoing ahead of the 88th Academy Awards, there's now talk about the resurgence of the Tree of Life Awards, known informally as the Black Oscars. It was an event to celebrate the achievements of black stars who had been left out in the annual Oscar nominations.

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman thinks the problem runs deeper than the Oscars

We are yet to hear the end of this diversity issue, which has erupted over the lack of black candidates among this year's Academy Award nominations, a travesty echoing last year's situation. The likes of Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have chosen to boycott the ceremony as even Smith himself failed to secure a nod for 'Concussion', while 'Chi-Raq' director Spike Lee will also avoid attendance. Does this mean it's time for black actors and filmmakers to recognise their own achievements separately?

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Controversial LA Street Artist Plastic Jesus Installs Artwork Hitting At Racist Hollywood

Atmosphere - The #Oscarssowhite hashtag has been trending on social since the nominations two weeks ago. Many Hollywood stars have spoken out against the lack of diversity in the 2016 awards ceremony. Stars including Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Danny Devito and Edris Elba have all confronted the Academy's mainly white members while some have even called for a complete boycott. Controversial Los Angeles based Street artist Plastic Jesus has again added to Tinseltown's controversy with a street art installation. Overnight the British born artist installed two wash basins on a street in Hollywood that replicate an iconic 1950s photograph showing the segregation between whites and non-whites in the USA. The street installation on the LA's trendy Melrose Avenue has two wash basins, one with a Hollywood style vanity unit and mirror with a bottle of champagne and 2 oscars invitation. Above it is a sign that reads "White" whilst alongside it sits a simple dirty freestanding basin under a sign that reads "colored" A replica of Elliot Erwitts famous 50's photograph. In a statement the artist said: "America prides itself on it's diverse population. But sadly much of the US is still very racist. Color still seems to be an issue in so many areas in the US. Law and order, employment, education, poverty, politics and movies. The visibility of Hollywood and the celebration of The Oscars should show how the USA has embraced diversity. Clearly it hasn't. I think the lack of non-white nominations has really just echoed something that we can see throughout American society." "Whether it's directors, producers, writers or financiers we need to see more non-white people at every level in the industry. And I don't mean making fringe movies to appeal to non-white audiences. I mean making movies for the mainstream." "A few months ago I was driving with my 8 year old Stepson, we passed a group of African American men standing on the corner he said " wow those g at Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 3rd February 2016

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Dame Helen Mirren Says It's "Unfair" To Attack The Oscars Over Diversity Row


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Former Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren has mounted a defence of the Academy over its much publicised lack of diversity in its nominations, saying that it’s “unfair” to attack them when the real problem lies elsewhere in the industry.

The English screen icon, who stars in the Oscar-nominated movie Trumbo, was speaking to Jon Snow of Channel 4 News when she was asked whether the Academy and the industry were “behind the times” for not nominating a single black actor for the second year in a row.

Mirren said she felt it was “unfair to attack the Academy” and that “it just so happened it went that way” this year.

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Halle Berry Describes Oscars Diversity Row As "Heartbreaking"


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Halle Berry, the first and only black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress, has spoken about the current controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in nominations process, describing the situation as “heartbreaking”.

The 49 year old actress, who picked up her Oscar for her role as a poor southern woman who falls for Billy Bob Thornton’s prison guard character in 2001’s Monster’s Ball, spoke at the Makers Conference on Tuesday night in Los Angeles about that win and what she felt it meant at the time.

Halle BerryHalle Berry, the only black winner of the Best Actress Oscar, had her say on the #OscarsSoWhite saga

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Bryan Cranston: 'My Oscars Face Will Be Natural, Not Rehearsed'


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The American star is in the running for the best actor gone at the 2016 Academy Awards for his impressive turn as real life screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, but faces stiff competition from Leonardo Dicaprio who many believe is a shoe-in to win for movie The Revenant. Bryan's Oscar-nominated film Trumbo has also garnered widespread praise, but Bryan isn't getting his hopes up just yet.

"Gosh no," he laughed to Britain's Metro newspaper when asked if he's been practising his winning face. "The best thing is just to be real, to be in the moment, to be gracious. If it doesn't happen, that's OK. It's just great to be invited to the party.

"I'm very proud of all my great fortune, but the Oscar is the first award that became known to me growing up. Hearing those words, 'an Academy Award nominee', was like 'wow'."

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Alicia Vikander: 'Sags Are Like A Fairy Tale'


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The Swedish actress landed the coveted prize by winning best supporting actress for her role in The Danish Girl at Saturday night’s (30Jan16) ceremony. She stunned in a sequin Louis Vuitton gown, but Alicia didn’t have fashion on her mind, rather the special prize she took home.

“I think I always saw it as a fairy tale,” she told America’s InStyle. “It was beyond anything I would ever dream of, really... I was always so amazed by this (SAG) award particularly. To have everyone celebrating the union, and to celebrate actors and just being invited in a room where it’s already a lot of friends and people that I work with, and colleagues. I don’t know. That is beyond I think anything else. So I will remember this.”

Since making a name for herself in films like Ex MAChina and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Alicia has become Hollywood’s hottest property. She juggles her mega successful movie career with dating Michael Fassbender, and says the best piece of advice she can offer young stars is to believe in your dreams.

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Will Smith Says His Decision To Boycott Oscars "Isn't About Me"


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Will Smith has spoken some more about his decision to join his wife Jada Pinkett Smith in boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony, saying that he wants to be “part of the solution” to the diversity problem in the movie industry.

Smith is currently in Britain promoting Concussion, the movie which had seen him tipped to be in contention for the Best Actor trophy before the nominations were announced and he was left off the five-strong shortlist. For the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominations were taken up by white actors, much to the ire of social media.

Will SmithWill Smith at the European premiere of 'Concussion' in January 2016

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88th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement

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88th Oscars Nominations Announcement

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