Don Cheadle is currently at the Sundance Film Festival making his directorial debut for, Miles Ahead. The once Oscar-nominated actor was asked what his thoughts were on the Oscar controversy, where he said the awards were a “silly contest.”
Cheadle had tweeted the below tweet at host Chris Rock earlier this month.
However, Cheadle doesn’t believe the problem lies with the Academy Awards. Cheadle told Business Insider, “It’s the executive level, where the money is being spent and the deals are being made.” Cheadle goes on to explain that the Hollywood studios are not a reflection of the diversity in this country, and until that changes he will continue to view the Oscars as just a “silly contest.” Cheadle backs up his comment by stating that some voters haven’t even seen all of the movies they are voting on.
When asked if he would join Will and Jada Smith in an Oscar boycott he said no. Cheadle says with Chris Rock hosting this year, it could be a “career defining moment for him.” The Oscars are set to air February 28th. You can read more on what Cheadle had to say here.