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Oscars 2016: List of black actors and directors boycotting the Academy Awards in race row

Spike LeeHollywood's biggest names are expected descend on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards on Sunday 28 February but fans will notice some prominent black stars missing on the red carpet as the Oscars diversity row continues to rage on.

Will Smith is amongst the faces putting their money where their mouth is and choosing to boycott the ceremony in response to #Oscarssowhite race row. Many black thespians and filmmakers have made their stance public while others have simply voiced their disappointment.

Jada Pinkett SmithHalle Berry

While she has made no mention of plans to stay at home on Oscar night, the 49-year-old star, who is the only black woman to ever win a best actress Oscar, for her portrayal of widow Leticia Musgrove in 2001's erotic drama Monsters Ball, admitted that she was "heartbroken" about the continued lack of diversity in Hollywood.

"Knowing that another woman of color has not walked through that door is heartbreaking, " she told assembled press at the 2016 Makers Conference."It's heartbreaking because I thought that moment was bigger than me. It's heartbreaking to start to think maybe it wasn't bigger than me. Maybe it wasn't. And I so desperately felt like it was."

Will SmithSpike Lee

In January, the director confirmed he and his wife would not attend the Academy awards. Although he never used the word 'boycott' he did brand the ceremony a 'misdirection play'. "We're chasing a guy down the field, he doesn't even have the ball. The other guy's high-stepping in the end zone, " he said in a post on Instagram. "It goes further than the Academy Awards. It has to go back to the gatekeepers. We're not in the room.Ava DuVernay The executives, when they have these greenlight meetings quarterly, they look at the scripts and see who's in it and decide what we're making and what we're not making."

Film director Spike Lee will not attend Oscar awards ceremony.Reuters

Jada Pinkett-Smith

The 44-year-old actress added her vocal fuel to the #Oscarssowhite race row when she released a video announcing she would not be attending the Oscars awards ceremony on 28 February. She admitted that she was furious that her partner, who has been nominated twice before, for 2001's Ali and 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness, was overlooked this time around.

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