Jada praises black stars’ nominations in 2017 Academy Awards
Actor Jada Pinkett Smith (above) has praised the Academy for representing more black stars with the nominations for the 2017 Oscars. The 45-year-old actor and her husband and actor Will Smith joined a range of celebrities in protesting against the apparent lack of diversity amongst the Academy Award nominations for 2016, but she has been blown away by the representation of black stars in this year’s shortlist, reported Variety. “I feel really fantastic. It’s a beautiful thing to see. We had a lot of exceptional films this year. I’m very proud this morning,” Jada said.
She feels it is more important than ever before for artists to use their status to express how they want Hollywood to be “identified” especially post the election of Donald Trump as President.
“As artists it’s important we use our platform to help shine light on how we want to be identified as a country. I look at this as a beautiful step towards that. Just our participation as artists in this time of how we want to represent our country, what is the message we want to give to the world. As artists we have strong voices. We create strong imagery in regards to the identity of our country. It’s important that we take responsibility for that.”