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Newspaper article International New York Times

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The outcry over the nomination of 20 white actors, and no black ones, for the Academy Awards gained momentum as the director Spike Lee and the actress Jada Pinkett Smith announced they would not be attending the ceremony on Feb. 28. But at a star-studded gathering in Harlem of mostly black performers to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King on his national holiday mentions of the Academy Awards were kept in check, even by those whose films and performances were ignored. Neither the event's host, Ryan Coogler, the director of "Creed," nor the film's stars, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson, alluded to the complaints surrounding the nominations. Sylvester Stallone got an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his role in "Creed."

The lack of diversity in this year's nominations also brought a response from the woman overseeing the Academy awards, The Guardian reported. …

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