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'Academy Awards' Theatre No Vaping at Oscars Not Even for Leo!

2/3/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0202-no-vaping-dolby-theater-fun-art-GETTY-01Leonardo DiCaprio better load up on nicotine gum before the 88th Academy Awards, because it's a strict no-smoking zone inside ... and that includes vaping. 

Hollywood's famed Dolby Theatre says it makes no exceptions with its smoking policy ... even during the Oscars ceremony. One of the biggest dramas that night is whether Leo will win his first Oscar, and y'know ... light up in celebration.

As we previously reported, the American Lung Association ripped Leo for vaping inside the SAG Awards last week.

If he does the same on Oscar night -- we're told it WILL be a problem. However, Leo's more than welcome to light up in one of the smoking sections set up adjacent to the theater.

So the winner won't get all the spoils, but of course ... Leo's gotta win first.



Leo DiCaprio Lung Association Calls Him Out For 'Deeply Troubling' Conduct

2/1/2016 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0202-leonardo-dicaprio-getty-03Leo DiCaprio may have won a SAG award, but he's lost respect from the American Lung Association for his e-cigarette display at the ceremony.

The actor was sitting at a table Saturday during the awards presentation, smoking a vape pen.  

It's illegal to smoke vape pens in the city of L.A. in restaurants, bars and other public places, but interesting, the prohibition does not apply to "theatrical production sites." Presumably, the Shrine Auditorium, where the SAG awards were held, qualifies as a theatrical production site. 

Nevertheless, the American Lung Association is now calling Leo out, calling his conduct "deeply troubling." The Ass'n notes vape pens expose others to secondhand dangers, including cancer.

We reached out to Leo's people ... so far, no word back.


The Oscars to 'Compton' Cast Your Invitation's NOT in the Mail ... But It's Not Our Fault

1/29/2016 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-straight-outta-compton-cast-getty-01Oscar is wiping his hands clean -- the Motion Picture Academy denies having anything to do with the "Straight Outta Compton" cast not even getting invited to the ceremony.

The nomination diss was one thing, but as TMZ first reported ... the entire cast and the vast majority of the crew were not invited, including producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. The 4 nominated writers of the film did make the cut.

The Academy told People it has nothing to do with the Oscars guest list, saying it only invites nominees -- and anyone else who shows up has to be invited by their studio. The studios get an allotment of tickets each year based on how many nominations it receives ... according to the Academy. 

Bottom line: Universal Pictures would have to hook up the cast, but as Cube told us ... he ain't trying to go to the Oscars, anyway.  

'Straight Outta Compton' Cast Not Invited to Oscars ... But Ice Cube Not Interested

1/27/2016 10:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0127-ice-cube-tmzThe cast of "Straight Outta Compton" will NOT be at the Oscars because they were NOT invited -- nor was the film's producer Ice Cube.

Our 'Compton' sources say none of the cast received an invitation -- mirroring the nomination process. We're told the only people invited are the 2 writers nominated for best original screenplay.

Not that Cube's losing a lot of sleep over it -- we're told he would've RSVP'd a 'No' ... even if he'd been invited.

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.

We're told Ice Cube WILL attend the SAG Awards and NAACP Image Awards ... which both nominated 'Compton.'. 

Alfonso Ribeiro Oscars Are Small Fish ... But Will Was Still Worthy

1/27/2016 9:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Alfonso Ribeiro's got a message for his pal Will Smith -- don't sweat the Oscars, 'cause they're just not that big of a deal.

Alfonso told us he thinks black people "have bigger fish to fry than the Oscars." In fact, he has a different perspective -- in Hollywood, anyway -- about awards in general.

What's odd is he's still waving the flag for Will to win one of those trophies, and he's got a take on all the Oscar protests

Check out rebel Carlton! Not often ya get to see that.

Gabrielle Union I'm No Ronda Rousey ... I'd Whoop Stacey Dash's Ass

1/26/2016 2:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Gabrielle Union is a baaad woman -- she just fired back at Stacey Dash and took down Ronda Rousey as collateral damage in her feud with Dash. 

We got Gabby at LAX Tuesday ... on her way back from the Sundance Film Festival, where she dissed Stacey for suggesting the BET Awards should be canceled to make the Oscars more diverse. Gabby's reaction was the classic ... "Stacey Dash who?"

Watch the clip ... Ronda got dragged into this when photogs hinted Union and Dash's beef might get physical. Gabrielle also celebrated another victory ... her movie, "The Birth of a Nation" and a record-setting day at Sundance.

All she does is win.  

Nick Cannon The Oscars Ain't Worth Our Time ... But I Will Rhyme, About It

1/25/2016 6:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Cannon is lashing out at the Oscars for giving black actors the shaft this year, but unlike other protesters, Nick struck back ... in spoken word.

Nick penned, and then recorded, the poem/rap that covers the entire Oscars controversy -- including a shout-out to Chris Rock. Nick supports him hosting the show, saying ... "Hell, yeah, I'm gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours."

It's not clear if Nick's saying screw the Oscars altogether, like Jada Pinkett Smith, or demanding more black involvement in the Oscars voting process ... like Nick's "Chi-Raq" director Spike Lee said.

Either way ... man's got rhymes.

Chris Rock Mum on Backing Down as Host

1/24/2016 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Rock was a man of few words Saturday night as he left The Comedy Club.

As he and pal Dave Chappelle left, our photog asked about the push for a host boycott.

Chris has said he's writing a new script, featuring #OscarsSoWhite jokes.

Clint Eastwood Hey Oscar Protesters ... Most People Don't Win

1/23/2016 6:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Clint Eastwood -- five-time Oscar winner and eleven-time nominee -- has some advice for people who got snubbed at the Academy Awards this year ... quit whining.

Eastwood -- an Academy stalwart -- isn't buying into the protests over the so-called black snub.

Check out the video. Clint's polite for sure, but he has a bite.

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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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.

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.

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