Oscar diversity uproar part of a larger issue: Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the controversy over this year's all-white Oscar acting nominations is part of a broader issue the country is grappling with.

See Full Article

No ethnic minority actors or actresses were nominated for the top Oscar awards for the second year running, sparking an outcry and prompting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce reforms.

"I think that when everyone's story is told then that makes for better art," Obama told regional television anchors.

"It makes for better entertainment, it makes everybody feel part of one American family," he said, according to an ABC affiliate.

"I think as a whole the industry should do what every other industry should do, which is to look for talent, provide opportunity to everybody.

"And I think the Oscar debate is really just an expression of this broader issue. Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?"


Latest Entertainment News

  • SNL mocks Trump's 'bad hombres' and Alec Baldwin's brother in final mock debate

    Entertainment CBC News
    Saturday Night Live spoofed the third and final U.S. presidential debate without having to embellish all that much. Alec Baldwin once again played Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon took on Hillary Clinton. At times, it seemed many of the lines were pulled straight from Wednesday's actual debate. Source
  • Bill Murray to receive humour prize

    Entertainment CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Bill Murray will get the sort of attention he doesn't usually seek out when he's honoured with the nation's top prize for humour. The notoriously elusive and publicity-shy actor will be at the Kennedy Center on Sunday to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Source
  • Drake hits up Windsor, Ont., nightclub for wedding reception

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Dave Battagello, Windsor Star First posted: Sunday, October 23, 2016 10:45 AM EDT | Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2016 11:03 AM EDT Source
  • 'SNL' takes aim at Donald Trump again with final debate sketch

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    A week after drawing an unhappy response from Donald Trump for its portrayal of him in its spoof of the second presidential debate, Saturday Night Live didn't back down on the third one. Featuring the debate again in its cold open - this time with Tom Hanks playing moderator Chris Wallace - Alec Baldwin's Trump was as brutish and offensive as ever. Source
  • Drake hits a Windsor, Ont., nightclub for wedding reception

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Dave Battagello, Windsor Star First posted: Sunday, October 23, 2016 10:45 AM EDT | Updated: Sunday, October 23, 2016 11:03 AM EDT Source
  • Katy Perry stumps for Clinton in 'nasty woman' shirt at UNLV

    Entertainment CTV News
    Singer Katy Perry rallied students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for Hillary Clinton on the first day of early voting in Nevada. Perry surprised students Saturday afternoon when she knocked on the doors of their dorm rooms wearing a T-shirt that read "Nasty Woman. Source
  • ‘The Walking Dead’, Matt LeBlanc’s ‘Man with a Plan’ and 'Tracey Ullman's Show' top this week’s TV must-sees

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Bill Harris' TV must-sees for the week of Oct. 23 1. The Walking Dead Season-7 debut This show continues to boast a loyal fan base, but with love comes scrutiny. Some people were vocally unhappy about how the previous season ended. Source
  • Zombies vs. robots: The Walking Dead takes on Westworld in Sunday night genre TV face-off

    Entertainment CBC News
    Eenie-meenie-miney-mo. Villainous Negan, about to smite one of The Walking Dead heroes with his barbed bat, is not the only one with a choice to make during Sunday's season premiere of AMC's zombie series. Lovers of drama with supernatural elements may also be facing a tough choice: whether to tune into the trusty old Dead, now in its seventh season, or check out the newer charms of HBO's robots-and-cowboys dystopia, Westworld. Source
  • Pop stars and fast cars: Taylor Swift plays Formula One

    Entertainment CTV News
    AUSTIN, Texas -- With their red, white and blue tutus and Taylor Swift t-shirts, Rachel Emling and Mikala Crews were everything Formula One wanted at the U.S. Grand Prix: young fans who would travel across the country for a mix of pop stars and fast cars. Source
  • 80s pop star Rick Astley explains his exile and return to music

    Entertainment CBC News
    Rick Astley walked away from the music industry at the height of his pop star success in the 1980s and says he never regretted it. "When you're in the middle of it, some people rise to it and they become that life and that's who they are," Astley said in a phone interview from his home on the edge of London, England. Source