‘Straight Outta Compton’ was a box-office smash, taking in $134.1 million in its first three weeks alone.
Many were hoping the Universal film would be up for Best Picture, though fans were left disappointed when the blockbuster N.W.A film wasn’t nominated for multiple Oscars. The nominee list, announced Thursday morning (January 14th), provoked continued protest and accusations of racism within the Academy.
Ice Cube wasn’t among the disgruntled ranks. Cube shrugged off news that ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ directed by himself, hasn’t been nominated at Oscars for best picture, saying ‘we ain’t worried about it,’ ‘We good, though.’
This wasn’t a complete snub, however. Despite not gaining a nomination for Best Picture, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Still, the low accolade count is tough to stomach, especially since ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is the highest-grossing movie ever by a black director.
‘Straight Outta Compton’ portrays the inspiring story of Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre MC Ren and DJ Yella, who came together to form N.W.A.
Following the subs, Twitter erupted in frustration and anger, with racial discrimination a strong theme. Perhaps Ice Cube is used to all that, and philosophical in his older age. “We’re used to the industry looking down on us,” Cube said. “We were the black sheep of the industry. If we didn’t get nominated, that would be familiar territory.”
Meawhile, the Oscars are battling criticism this year for an ‘all white nominees list’. The movies nominated for Best Picture by the Academy include ‘The Big Short’, ‘Bridge Of Spies’, ‘Brookyln’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘The Martian’, ‘The Revenant’, ‘Room’ and ‘Spotlight’.
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