“Straight Outta Compton” executive producer Will Packer is making it known he’s unhappy over what he calls “the absurd lack of diversity” in this year’s Academy Award nominations. “The Hollywood Reporter” quotes Packer as saying “it’s a complete embarrassment to say that the heights of cinematic achievement have only been reached by white people.” Others have voiced their opinions over this year’s Oscar nods. Chris Rock called the Academy Awards “the white BET awards” while Jada Pinkett Smith said she believes people of color are “rarely recognized” for their artistic accomplishments. Rock is set to host next month’s Oscar show.
Packer’s “Straight Outta Compton” comes out on DVD and Blu-rayTuesday January 19th.