Jamie Foxx just put Will Smith on full blast for his Oscar boycott and we couldn’t agree with him more. Do you think he’s right?
Speaking at the American Black Film Festival Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday, the Academy Award-winning actor make a joke about how he doesn’t get ‘what’s the big deal’ with Smith’s Oscar boycott.
Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith are not attending this year’s Academy Awards, citing systemic racism in the industry that has led the acting nominees to be all white actors for a second year in a row.
‘All these Oscar talks, I don’t even trip about that. I mean, what’s the big deal? I was sitting at home with my Oscar, like ‘What’s all the hubbub?’ Foxx said at Sunday night’s event, as he was introducing producer Will Packer for the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award.
‘My friend said, “Are you mad?” “Um, kind of, but not really,”‘ Foxx continued. ‘I started calling Denzel [Washington], and we just Instagrammed our Oscars together.’
He also made fun of Smith’s Nigerian accent in the film Concussion, for which the 47-year-old actor only received a Golden Globes nomination of the three major American award ceremonies.
Foxx finished his bit by calling out ‘#WhatsTheBigDeal?’ and ‘#ActBetter’ – with the audience reportedly roaring with laughter.
As he changed the subject to acting legend Sidney Poitier, Foxx explained whey he doesn’t care so much for the #OscarsSoWhite movement.
‘I was with Sidney Poitier just a couple weeks ago, and in 1963 all he asked for was an opportunity to act,’ Foxx said. ‘That’s all we have to do, opportunity. If you turn the camera on and say “OK . . . win an award . . . and action,” we’ll all have taken, like, 10 steps back. It’s all about the art. Who cares about anything else?’
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