Following the controversy about the lack of non-white actors being nominated for major awards at this year’s Academy Awards, a number of actors have chipped in with their own thoughts on the issue.
While Michael Caine and Charlotte Rampling have, perhaps unadvisedly, weighed in on the debate, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have all vowed to boycott the awards as the #OscarsSoWhite discussions gain momentum.
Now, Ice Cube has been asked his own thoughts on the controversy.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, he said:
We don’t do movies for the industry. We do movies for the fans, for the people. And you know, the industry, if they give you a trophy or not, or pat you on the back or not, it’s nice, but it’s not something you should dwell on.
Ice Cube was a producer of the critically acclaimed N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton last year – one of the main movies at the centre of the Oscars controversy.
None of the black actors, producers or black director F. Gary Gray were nominated for any of the awards, and only two of the white screenwriters gained any recognition from the Academy, putting the movie in the running for just ‘Best Original Screenplay’.
The rapper turned actor went on to say that the acclaim and praise the movie received from old and new fans alike was amazing enough, adding “how could you be mad ’cause one other academy or guild or anybody didn’t say it was the number one?”
Ice Cube appeared on the talk show to promote his new movie Ride Along 2, alongside Kevin Hart, which probably won’t receive the same kind of critical acclaim that Straight Outta Compton did, but sure looks like a lot of fun!