The Academy has come forward to address widespread reports about snubbing the cast of last summer’s Straight Outta Compton out of attending the upcoming Oscars.
According to reports, the Academy has nothing to do with inviting anyone other than its billed nominees.
“The Academy invites the nominees only, and each studio gets a limited ticket allotment, based on the number of nominated films, to use at their discretion. It has been this way for decades,” an Academy spokesperson tells PEOPLE exclusively. While the number of tickets a studio gets is dependent on how many nominees they have in a given year, Academy members themselves have to enter a lottery to score them. (People)
Reports earlier in the week revealed the cast did not receive invitations to attend next month’s ceremony.
Our ‘Compton’ sources say none of the cast received an invitation — mirroring the nomination process. We’re told the only people invited are the 2 writers nominated for best original screenplay. Not that Cube’s losing a lot of sleep over it — we’re told he would’ve RSVP’d a ‘No’ … even if he’d been invited. (TMZ)
Recently, the flick’s producer Ice Cube spoke out on not receiving a Best Picture Oscars nomination.
“I never used to go anyways. You can’t boycott something that you never went to anyway. That’s kind of weird. I look at it like a horse race – it’s nothing to really put that much energy into like that. We don’t do movies for the industry. We do movies for the fans, for the people and the industry, you know, if they give you a trophy or not or pat you on the back or not, it’s nice but it’s not something that you should dwell on. We got accolades from our core fans, from our curious fans, people who didn’t even think they wanted to see that movie. I think an older generation got an understanding on why we did that kind of music and a younger generation got a history lesson and we got so much praise for that movie, so how can you be mad – it’s like crying about not having enough icing on your cake.” (“The Graham Norton Show”)
Cube dished on his personal issue with the Academy snubbing the mega hit in a separate interview last week.
“I think we deserve Best Picture. Especially by them leaving two out. They usually pick ten movies. They picked eight this year,” Cube said in an interview. “I ain’t gonna kiss no a** for nothing. Maybe that is the problem. Or maybe we should’ve put a slave in Straight Outta Compton. I think that’s where we messed up. That’s where we messed up. Just one, random slave for the Academy members to recognize us as a real, black movie…The thing about it is that does not define us or. That award is cool. It’s cool to be recognized. But people recognized this movie back in August when it did $200 million at the box office.” (Power 105.1)