Director John Singleton on Oscars outrage: 'It's the luck of the draw'

John Singleton isn't worried about diversity in Hollywood.

Boyz n the Hood filmmaker John Singleton won't be boycotting the Oscars following this year's (16) nominations 'white-out' - because he isn't surprised African-American stars were not invited to the party.

As his peer Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith announce plans to boycott the Academy Awards after voters failed to recognise African-American talent for the second year in a row, Singleton admits he has come to accept that a nomination is like winning "the lottery".

"It’s like every year people complain," he told Variety. "People even complain even when we (the black community) have a lot of nominations. It is what it is.

"I’ve been in the game for 25 years. You never know - it’s the luck of the draw for you. To me, I’m not surprised. I’m not disappointed either, as much as other people are disappointed."

Singleton was the first African-American director to land an Oscars Best Director nod for his 1991 film Boyz n the Hood. At 24, he was also the youngest to score the nod.

Although he didn't win an Oscar, Boyz in the Hood remains an iconic film, and Singleton is convinced taking home an Academy Award does not make or break the reach of a really good movie.

"There’s a whole elevation of work that happens," he explained. "Every year there’s at least a few films that don’t get nominated and you have all these films that do get nominated and then the films that aren’t nominated are elevated over time.

"(Spike Lee's) Do the Right Thing never got nominated for Best Picture, but that year, nobody’s talking about Driving Miss Daisy any more. Everybody’s still talking about Do the Right Thing. It happens every year.”

Singleton also believes Hollywood is getting more diverse, even though this year's nominations list may seem to indicate otherwise.

“The demographics of America and this business are changing,” he said. “The Academy’s going to evolve, so I’m not really worried about it.”

 
 

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