Critics' Choice Awards: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross Take Jab at Oscar Noms' Lack of Diversity
The Academy's noms, announced Thursday, didn't include any black actors in those categories.
Well, that didn't take long.
At the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday night, the first presenters of the evening — black-ish co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross — took at jab at the Oscars three days after the Academy did not nominate any black actors in those categories.
After Anderson noted that many actors who win a Critics' Choice Award go on to win Oscars, Ross replied: "Yes that's true, so if you're nominated tonight, give yourself a round of applause. You could go on to win an Oscar."
Chimed in Anderson: "Yeah, for you, Tracee, that means only half of you will get to go to that show."
In an effort to explain the joke to a seemingly confused audience, Ross added: "Yes, you didn't get that. I'm mixed." (Her parents are Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein.)
After the Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite from last year was revived.
"It almost seems like a sequel to last year," said Gil Robertson, president of the African American Film Critics Association. "Certainly, the people who were nominated gave performances that were deserving of noms. But one would have hoped that given the nominations a film like Straight Outta Compton has received from other guilds, it would have received a best picture nomination. That just leaves you scratching your head, because there is overlap between the Academy and the other groups. So where does the disconnect take place?"