Al Sharpton holds anti-Oscars rally in Hollywood
Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton led an anti-Oscars demonstration blocks away from the Hollywood ceremony on Sunday (28Feb16) to protest the lack of diversity among this year's (16) nominees.
Academy voters came under fire in January (16) after failing to nominate black actors and filmmakers in top award categories for the second year in a row, sparking a social media movement called #OscarsSoWhite, as well as a promised boycott from stars such as Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee.
Joining in on the call for diversity was Sharpton, who led around 70 protesters in a rally not far from where the prizegiving red carpet festivities were kicking off at the Dolby Theatre.
"You are out of time," Sharpton said at the event, addressing the Academy. "This will be the last night of an all-white Oscars."
He went on to promise a longer protest in 2017, if Academy members fail to recognise actors and creatives of colour at the next ceremony.
At one point during the demonstration, Sharpton even held up a statuette akin to the coveted gold trophy, but it was covered in white paint instead, saying the prize is "the colour it should be".
Other celebrities launched their own unique protests the day of the Oscars, with Bette Midler taking a swipe at leaders behind the event on Twitter.
"The Oscars are today! You know, the awards show where Leonardo DiCaprio is 'overdue' but black people can 'wait till next year.'," she wrote on the micro-blogging platform.
Mark Ruffalo was in protest for a different cause, taking to the streets in support of victims who were sexually abused by Catholic priests.
- Cover Media