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Oscar Nominee Charlotte Rampling #OscarsSoWhite Backlash 'Racist to Whites'

1/22/2016 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0122-charlotte-rampling-getty-01Charlotte Rampling is one of the 20 white people nominated for an acting award at this year's Oscars ... and she thinks people who have a problem with that are racist.  

Rampling -- who scored a Best Actress nom for her role in the movie "45 Years" -- told Radio 1 in France she finds the outrage over the absence of minorities to be "racist to whites."

In the interview, conducted in French, Rampling went on to say, "You never know if it was really the case, but perhaps the black players do not deserve to be in the final stretch." 

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Tony Rock We Don't Need to Kiss White Ass Over Oscars

1/21/2016 6:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tony Rock took multiple, super-strong positions on the black Oscar snub, supporting his brother Chris hosting the show while blasting black people for repeatedly begging for white acceptance.

Tony's diatribe is pretty amazing ... like Jada Pinkett Smith, he's not calling for a boycott of the Oscars, but he's done with futile attempts at validation.

This one's definitely worth a listen.

Will Smith I'm With Jada ... No Oscars for Me!

1/21/2016 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0121-will-smith-tmz-02Will Smith will spend Oscar night with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and not at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 

Will went on "Good Morning America" to talk about The Oscars, the lack of black nominees, and Jada's stance that black filmmakers should stop begging white Hollywood for acceptance.

As for why he won't be at the award show, he said it feels "uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is ok."

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Spike Lee has already said he's skipping the show and there have been calls from some African-American stars for Chris Rock to step down as host.

Ice Cube 'Maybe We Shoulda Put a Slave in Straight Outta Compton'

1/21/2016 7:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ice Cube thinks he knows what would've help him snag an Oscar nomination for best picture ... a slave.

Cube went on Angie Martinez's Power 105.1 show and blasted the Academy, saying he wasn't about to kiss their ass for affirmation of "Straight Outta Compton."

This one's gotta sting over at the Academy.

Quincy Jones to Oscars Let Me Address Diversity Or I'll Boycott Too!

1/20/2016 12:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-quincy-jones-oscars-TMZ-GETTY-01Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee now have a powerful ally in Quincy Jones, who's flexing his influence with the Academy Awards to address its lack of black nominees.  

The legendary producer is the first African American on the Academy's board of governors and on Wednesday he told reporters, "We've got to find a solution. It's been going on for too long."

Quincy said he planned to ask for 5 minutes in front of the board to discuss the hottest topic in Hollywood, and if they don't give him the time ... he says he'll refuse to present at the Oscars.

He's supposed to present an award with Common and Pharrell Williams.

Quincy added, "It's frightening to see 90% white and 80% white males" nominated.

Jada Pinkett Smith That Tusk Behind Me Ain't Real

1/20/2016 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120-jada-smith-facebook-01Jada Pinkett Smith is starting to catch heat for adorning her living room with what appears to be some sort of ivory tusk ... but we've learned it's as fake as a Big Foot sex tape.

We're told the tusks -- there are actually 2 of them -- are ceramic and hollow. 

For the record, it's illegal to buy and sell elephant tusks.  

Get the point?

Spike Lee Hollywood Needs a Rooney Rule

1/20/2016 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120-spike-lee-gma-abc-01Spike Lee says Hollywood needs to take its cue from the NFL -- forcing studios to institute a "Rooney Rule" ... requiring studios to greenlight a certain number of movies featuring minorities.

Lee was on 'GMA' Wednesday morning when he said the problem with the Oscars is deeper than who gets nominated -- it's the fact black movies and black actors aren't getting the opportunities in the Hollywood boardrooms. 

That's why Lee wants a "Rooney Rule" -- an NFL policy that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and minority jobs. 

Lee feels that someone needs to force Hollywood to hit a mandatory quota when it comes to making minority films. 

Watch the clip ... seems Michael Strahan is down to play the role of enforcer. 

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Spike Lee I Never Called for Oscar Boycott

1/20/2016 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120-spike-lee-tmz-01Spike Lee has corrected the media for reporting he was calling for an Oscar boycott.

Spike appeared on 'GMA' and made it clear ... blasting the Academy for shutting out black actors and films and vowing not to attend the ceremony is NOT the same as calling for a boycott.

Lee said he and his wife would be at the Knicks game at Madison Square Garden the night of the Oscars, and everyone else can either attend or not ... not his business.

There were lots of reports Jada Pinkett Smith also called for a boycott, which she did not. She said it's time for African Americans to stop begging the Academy for acceptance and do their own thing in their own community.

As for Chris Rock, Spike's making no judgment on whether he should still host.

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Tyrese to Chris Rock Walk Away Now ... Hosting Oscars Will Be a Disaster

1/19/2016 1:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyrese is telling Chris Rock to bail out on his Oscars hosting gig because it's a no-win situation for the comedian.  

Tyrese put the pressure on Chris, saying ... "There is no joke you can crack to ever change the way we all feel." 50 Cent similarly encouraged him to quit.

Chris is in a tough spot -- enough people, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee and Snoop Dogg ... have blasted the Academy's lack of diversity. So, it's obvious he'll have to address the matter during the Oscars broadcast.

But Tyrese's point -- this is one situation where Rock's comedic skills won't be appropriate. So far, Rock's standing firm.

Snoop Dogg Irate Over Oscar Snub 'F*** the Oscars'

1/19/2016 6:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Snoop Dogg went off on the Oscars ... not just calling for a boycott, but saying it's a personal affront to all African Americans.

We didn't censor the video because it would have ruined the impact.

Point made.

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Aunt Viv Rips Jada ... Shut Up & Let Will Speak for Himself

1/19/2016 7:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Will Smith's old 'Fresh Prince' co-star is on the attack ... saying he and Jada Pinkett Smith are NOT the Obamas, and black Hollywood isn't gonna sing "we shall overcome" with them. 

Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Viv, blasted Jada's anti-Oscars stance with a rambling video post that started ... "First of all, Miss Thang, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?"

Hubert goes on to accuse the Smiths of being sore losers, and says there are way more important things going on in the world -- "Our boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are trying to pay bills and you talking about some motherf***ing actors and Oscars."

Aunt Viv clearly has some old beef with Will over her 'Fresh Prince' salary -- still, her rant about "blactresses" and karma is entertaining ... if nothing else. 

Motion Pic Academy Prez I Hear You ... We'll Change, I Promise!

1/18/2016 8:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0118_Cheryl-Boone-Isaacs_gettyThe President of the Motion Picture Academy has issued what feels like a frantic response to calls of boycott for the lily white 2016 Oscar nominations.

Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs just announced her org will take "dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership." She says the Academy will conduct a review of its membership "in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our class of 2016 and beyond."

It appears the President -- the first African American ever elected to the position -- is reacting in part to calls for a boycott from Spike Lee and others. Jada Pinkett Smith went even further, saying the Academy has become irrelevant to African Americans and they should no longer beg for representation -- they should get validation from their own community and that should be enough.

Boone Isaacs says she is "heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion," adding, "In 2016 the mandate is inclusion in all ... facets:  gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation."

She made it clear ... members of the Academy and beyond have expressed their frustration to her.

Jada Pinkett Smith to Academy We're Not Begging You Anymore You're Irrelevant to Us

1/18/2016 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jada Pinkett Smith did something remarkable and powerful Sunday, posting words that could have been delivered by Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver 50 years ago.

Jada -- whose husband, Will Smith, was overlooked by the Academy for his performance in "Concussion" -- says in a super powerful way, "Maybe it's time we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream."

Jada suggested, "We can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement or respect of any group."

She made it clear ... she won't be attending the Oscars.

You gotta listen to her ... back in the day Eldridge was viewed by the "mainstream" as radical and dangerous.  Jada revives the sentiment, and it doesn't sound radical or dangerous at all.

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