The actor also offered his own words of solidarity with the current backlash, criticising the Academy's lack of diversity in its own membership; "If you are trying to have a career, as a black or Hispanic actor in a state – California – where white people are now the minority, and you are being judged by an Academy where the vast majority are white, male, middle-aged and old … well, perhaps that is the wrong yardstick."
'I made this film for one reason, with the hope of creating change agents'
One of the nation's sharpest black satirists has found himself at the heart of the #OscarsSoWhite storm
Amid the familiar (white) liberal handwringing, there is also something more profound and potentially punchier going on
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The academy president is a trailblazer for black filmmakers. It’s a shame the awards she presides over haven’t kept up
The announcement comes amid controversy over the lack of diversity within the industry
You still have a month to catch up on the eight nominated movies and cast your own verdict
His comments come amid mounting outcry over the lack of non-white actors in this year's Oscar nominations
'The demographics of America and this business are changing. The Academy’s going to evolve. So I’m not really worried about it.'
'Change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly'
Not one black actor has been nominated in the main Oscars categories
"It's the Oscars, they do what they do"
The actor called on those who attend next month’s award ceremony to do so in 'black face' in protest
The Academy's diversity has failed to improve this year, with not a single black actor nominated amongst the 20 slots available.
Our predictions based on who we want to see earn nods are in, and there's a few more 'out there' suggestions