The president of the Academy Awards vowed Monday to take "dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership" after not a single person of color was nominated for an acting Oscar — for the second year in a row.
"I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion," Cheryl Boone Isaacs wrote on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official Twitter page. "This is a difficult but important conversation, and it's time for big changes."
Actress and singer-songwriterJada Pinkett Smith said she too would not be attending or watching this year's ceremony.
All of the nominees in this year's acting categories are white, which has spawned a social media backlash fueled by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
"Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power, and we are a dignified people and we are powerful," Pinkett Smith said in a video posted to her Facebook page.
"The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose, and now I think that it's our responsibility now to make the change."