Jan 21, 2016 03:54 AM EST By James Bendijo

Oscars 2016: George Clooney, Spike Lee & More Criticize Awards' Lack Of Diversity

Several personalities and stars have voiced off their concerns about Oscars' lack of diversity.

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  • The Academy Awards or simply the Oscars is one of the most prestigious award giving body in Hollywood. However, it has received strong criticisms especially because of its lack of diversity in the list of its nominees. It only gotten worse when several black actors who performed nicely in their respective films got snubbed in the nominations.

    One of the major source of vitriol were from the fans who noticed the flaw. They have since revived the hashtag #OscarSoWhite while also urging people to boycott the awards night on February 28 because of it's apparent issue.

    Aside from fans, several notable personalities have also voiced their concerns about Oscars' lack of African-American and Hispanic representatives.

    Here is the list of notable personalities who have criticized the 2016 Academy Awards.

  • Oscar winner George Clooney expressed that the Academy Awards is "moving in the wrong direction." He also said the the award giving body should consider change in terms of the diversity of its nominees.
  • Famed director Spike Lee is one of those who are calling to boycott the ceremony. The 58-year-old New York resident also coined the term "lily white Oscars" in his criticisms.
  • 2014 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o said that the awards should be a "diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today."
  • American actress Jada Pinkett Smith will also not attend the awards night. She also urged people of colour to disregard the awards.
  • "But with all of that being said, it would certainly be nice if everybody could be represented properly. And hopefully that's the case, but perhaps it's not the case. It's a difficult situation," said Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
  • Rev. Al Sharpton said that the awards night is like the Rocky Mountains because "the higher up you get, the whiter it gets."
  • Even Chris Rock, the host for the awards night, have something to say about Oscars when he wrote "The White BET Awards" in his tweet.
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