In the next chapter of the Oscars drama, it’s being reported that the cast and crew of Straight Outta Compton have not been invited to the Academy Awards, a ceremony in which they basically got shut out of with the exception of one nomination.
As the Inquisitr reported in the past, Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay but was snubbed from Best Film, Best Actor, and other categories that it could’ve easily snagged. Now, we’re learning that as a result of their multiple snubs, the cast and crew aren’t being invited to the ceremony. This is typical for the Academy to do, especially when the film didn’t get a Best Picture nomination.
According to TMZ, sources from the Straight Outta Compton crew said that only two people were invited to the ceremony, and that was the two writers who received nominations for Best Original Screenplay. Producer Ice Cube, whose story was integral to the N.W.A. biopic, was left out of the invites.
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That said, even though Ice Cube didn’t get an invitation, he wouldn’t have gone either way.
“It’s unclear if this is really a diss. There’s no public list of Academy members, so it’s hard to say what the Academy’s criteria are for extending an invite. We’ve reached out, but no word back yet.”
That said, Ice Cube will attend the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards as well as the NAACP Image Awards. The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards nominated the cast for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. One of the nominees features Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. who played Ice Cube in the film.
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The Inquisitr recently reported about Ice Cube’s reaction to being snubbed. He took on two very different stances. At first, when the nominations came out, he told Wendy Williams that he wasn’t mad that Straight Outta Compton was left out of the nominations.
“I’m not pissed. You know, I’m not surprised. It’s the Oscars, you know, they do what they do. The people loved the movie, the people supported the movie — No. 1 at the box office, over $200 million worldwide. I can’t be mad, you know? I can’t be mad.”
Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. has a similar view about how the nominations went down and sounded optimistic about the film.
“The voters, they’re entitled to their own opinions, just like you and I. That doesn’t mean Straight Outta Compton is not being celebrated. We are still up for an award for original screenplay and I will be there to represent Straight Outta Compton.”
Will Packer, another producer for the film, said that it was a “complete embarrassment” that the Academy is only highlighting the achievements of white people. This statement is in line with the response that the nominations have received, which stems from #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter about the lack of diversity among the nominees in the major categories.
Days after Jada Pinkett Smith, director Spike Lee, Tyrese Gibson, and others announced that they were not going to attend the Oscars due to the way nominations were handed out, Ice Cube put out a different message about what he thinks.
Cube told Power 105.1 of the nominations, “I think we deserve Best Picture, especially by them leaving two [movies] out. They usually pick 10 movies. They only picked eight this year… I do what I’m supposed to do to promote the project. I ain’t gonna kiss no a– for nothing, so maybe that is the problem.”
He continued, “Or maybe we should’ve put a slave in Straight Outta Compton. I think that’s where we messed up. That’s where we messed up. Just one random slave for the Academy members to recognize us as a real, black movie.”
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