Will Smith has suggested that he could continue to boycott the Oscars in 2017 after previously rallying against the lack of diversity at the prestigious awards bash.
The 48-year-old Hollywood icon and wife Jada Pinkett Smith were among the stars who boycotted this year’s bash in protest against the apparent lack of diversity among the nominations – and he’s refused to rule out a similar protest next year.
Appearing on Lorraine, the four-time Oscar nominee said: ‘You know what, there was a time in my life when box office was everything.
‘You know, if you don’t get nominated you were under the bed for three weeks and all of that.
‘It’s always fun to be invited at the party, but that’s all it can be.’
But Will is ever hopeful for change – and previously said that he was ‘very pleased’ at the response given by Academy members when he contacted them about the issue.
‘I was very pleased at how quickly and aggressively the Academy responded. But I want to be very clear about the spirit of what I’m saying’, Will said.
‘This is far beyond me. This has nothing to do with me, this has nothing to do with awards. Awards, that’s a really frivolous reason for me to put my hand up and make a statement. For me, this is much more about the idea of diversity and inclusion.’