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Sharpton Plans Emergency Meeting After Oscar Snub

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By    |   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 10:01 AM

The Rev. Al Sharpton is fighting mad about the Oscars' all-white list of nominees,  and has called an "emergency meeting" next week in Hollywood to take action against the Academy Awards.

"The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets," Sharpton said in a statement released Thursday, after the Oscar nominations came out without a single black person among the 20 nominated in the categories of best actor, actress or director, reports Business Insider.

This has happened just one other time in the past two decades, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with another all-white group named in 2011. Before that, the last all-white group was nominated in 1998.

Sharpton did praise the Oscars for adding the civil-rights film "Selma" into its nods for best picture, but that nomination was "ironic" as it is based on the late Dr. Martin Luther King's marches.

"The lack of diversity in today's Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that 'Selma' was nominated for best picture, it's ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations," Sharpton said in his statement.

"With all of the talent in Selma and other black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history."

And even though "Selma" was nominated, David Oyelowo, who has received critical praise for his portrayal of King, was snubbed when it came to the best actor nominations.

Further, "Selma" director Ava DuVernay was bypassed in the best director category, which also did not include any women. Had she been named, DuVernay would have been the first African-American woman nominated for best director.

"Selma" only received one other nomination, for best song.

Sharpton told The New York Daily News that the omissions are outrageous in a year that saw the deaths of Eric Gardner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the strife that followed.

"In the time of Staten Island and Ferguson, to have one of the most shutout Oscar nights in recent memory is something that is incongruous," Sharpton said. "The only category we’re well represented is in the best picture nomination and it’s a movie about blacks being shut out of society. And now we’re shut out of Hollywood."

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The Rev. Al Sharpton is fighting mad about the Oscars' all-white list of nominees, and has called an "emergency meeting" next week in Hollywood to take action against the Academy Awards.
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