In light of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Russell Simmons decides to take matter into his own hands by launching his All Def Digital Awards.
“The All Def Movie Awards are not the Black Oscars, but they could be,” Simmons says in a statement. “This will be a fun, entertaining and hopefully thought-provoking celebration of the uncelebrated.”
During the inaugural awards ceremony, the mogul plans on recognizing those who were not nominated in this year’s Oscars. Nominees in the All Def Digital Awards include “Beasts of No Nation,” “Chi-raq,” “Concussion,” “Creed,” “Dope” and “Straight Outta Compton,” competing for best picture.
“I don’t expect a 90-year-old Academy member to see ‘Straight Outta Compton’ or vote for it,” Simmons continues. “I’m more concerned that in 2016 there continues to be a stunning lack of diversity in the studios, in the green light process, in the decisions of what films and television series get made and what actors get chosen. This needs to be addressed institutionally.”
Other awards categories include best actor, best actress, best director in addition to “best bad muh f**ka,” “best helpful white person” and “best black survivor in a movie.” All Def Digital is leaving it up to the public to cast their vote for the most quoted movie and best picture categories.
The awards show is set to take place on Feb. 24 at the TCL Chinese Theaters. Comedian Tony Rock, also the younger brother of Oscar host Chris Rock, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening.