Actor and producer Ice Cube presented a different side of Hollywood, criticizing the #OscarsSoWhite complainers for putting a lot of energy into what he ultimately sees as a “horse race.”
Appearing on BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show” on Thursday, the actor said he was not joining the Hollywood trend of boycotting the Academy Awards, and for good reason.
“You can’t boycott something that you never went to anyway,” he said, adding he views award shows like a horse race. “Once your horse loses the race, you tear up your ticket and go home.”
While Oscar critics feel the acclaimed film “Straight Outta Compton” was snubbed by the Academy, garnering only a Best Original Screenplay nomination, Ice Cube – the film’s producer – disagreed.
“We got accolades from all levels,” he said, referring to the response of fans and critics alike to the movie. He said being mad about not getting one guild or academy’s recognition is like “crying about not having enough icing on your cake.”
“We don’t do movies for the industry,” Ice Cube said, “we do movies for the fans, for the people.”
Watch the video below.