More A-list celebrities speaking out over lack of diversity at Oscars

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More big name celebrities are speaking out for the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees, with Snoop Dogg saying he feels the same way being nominated over a dozen times for a Grammy and never winning one. (KGO-TV)

More big name celebrities are speaking out against the Academy Awards for the lack of diversity among this year's Oscars nominees.

Rapper Snoop Dogg posted a stinging video on Instagram and 2014 best supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o also expressed her disappointment.

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For the second consecutive year, all 20 nominees in the actor category are white, sparking outrage on social media with many using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

"What we all need to do now is actually take some action," Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said.

In a video message on Facebook, Pinkett Smith also said she wouldn't attend or watch the Oscars in February. Pinkett Smith, whose husband Will Smith wasn't nominated for his performance in the NFL head trauma drama "Concussion," said it was time for people of color to disregard the Academy Awards.

"Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power," she said. "And we are a dignified people and we are powerful."

She added: "Let's let the academy do them, with all grace and love. And let's do us differently." The video had amassed 4.5 million by mid-Monday afternoon.

"I feel same way in music industry being nominated for 16, 17 Grammy's and never winning one," Snoop Dogg said.

The discouragement was also felt by British actor Idris Elba who many believe he should have received an Oscar nod for his work in Beasts of No Nation. "Talent is everywhere, but opportunity isn't," he said.

Honorary Oscar recipient, Spike Lee agreed with the lack of opportunity for people of color on Good Morning America. "It goes further than Academy Awards, it goes back to the gate keepers, the studios. The people who have green light vote," Lee said.

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Lee thinks Hollywood would benefit from learning from the NFL. "We need some type of rule, quota," Lee said.

He said Hollywood should also be required to interview minority candidates for executive roles that could ultimately help shape the industry.

The Academy Awards governing body is 94 percent white and 77 percent male.

George Clooney is among those concerned and told Variety Magazine the Academy Awards had more diversity a decade ago when Don Cheadle, Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman were all nominated for their work in 2005.

Watch the Oscars hosted by Chris Rock on ABC at 4PST on Sunday, February 28.

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