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Here's The Latest In #OscarsSoWhite News

Everyone has something to say.

By now, you know the story. As soon as the 2016 Academy Award nominations came out, much of Hollywood (and the Internet) was immediately outraged over the absence of any actors of color in the acting categories. Subsequently, notable Black members of Hollywood such as Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee claimed they wouldn't attend the ceremony, others called for host Chris Rock to step down, and the Academy was forced to install immediate changes to its voting membership. Since there's still a month to go before the Oscars on February 28, though, the conversation is far from over.

Let's round up the latest stories:


Samuel L. Jackson and his wife have already moved on

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, LaTanya Richardson Jackson said she and husband Samuel L. Jackson weren't pleased he didn't get a nomination for his role in The Hateful Eight, but aren't going to boycott the Oscars over it. "Of course, I was upset because Sam didn't get nominated, but then we moved on," she said, noting that she does support other actors' decision to boycott, but it's just not for her.

"We are of a different generation — we lived through the Black Power movement — so we moved on," she explained. "I'm disturbed by it all, but we gotta remember: the Oscars is one night."

Nat Turner biopic 'Birth of a Nation' sells for a record $17.5 million at Sundance

With a wider conversation over Hollywood's diversity issues than usual swirling around it, this year's Sundance Film Festival saw the debut of Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation. It received a long standing ovation throughout the credits and started up a bidding war between studios that culminated in Fox Searchlight nabbing the rights for a Sundance record $17.5 million.

Parker wrote, directed, and stars in the film, which is based on Nat Turner, an American-born slave who sparked the biggest slave rebellion in American history.

Kristen Stewart praises Sundance for its diversity

Kristen Stewart told E! that although she has "no idea" how to fix the larger diversity problem that Hollywood has, she's impressed that Sundance at least doesn't seem to be bogged down by it.

"The cool thing about independent movies is we are kind of untouched," she said. "The cool thing about Sundance is that we are fairly untouched by the political nature of who gets the pats on the backs."

Danny Glover says maybe we should just scrap the Oscars entirely

When Variety approached Danny Glover on his thoughts about Hollywood diversity, the 69-year-old actor was pretty blunt. "Artists are the gatekeepers of truth," he said. "[But] I don't see diversity in film in the world at all anymore."

When asked about award shows in general, he quipped, "maybe we should do away with them."

As for what he'd like to see more of: "We don't find movies that tell us about the real, everyday survival people. How they build families, communities … how to redefine family, community in the wake of all the devastation."

32 days until the Oscars. Stay tuned for more.


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