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Spike Lee, Pinkett Smith boycott Oscars, Academy promises more diversity

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Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith vow to boycott the Academy Awards ceremony after black actors are shut out of the nominations. The Academy says it needs to do more to promote diversity. Edward Baran reports.

Added on the 19/01/2016 17:37:51 - Copyright : Reuters EN

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