Hollywood actor Will Smith has pulled out of next month’s Academy Awards over the lack of racial diversity among nominees.
The Concussion actor has backed his wife who has called for African Americans to snub the ceremony after all 20 of the acting nominees were white.
Speaking on Good Morning America Smith , 47, confirmed he would not be going out of support for Jada Pinkett Smith .
He said: “No, my wife’s not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize (Theron).
“We’ve discussed it. We’re part of this community, but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK.”
Smith said he didn’t know his wife was planning to boycott Hollywood’s most important night, a move she announced in a Facebook video this week.
“I was out of the country at the time. I came home, ‘What happened?’” he laughed.
“She’s deeply passionate, and when she is moved, she has to go.
“I heard her words and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman.
“There’s a position that we hold in this community, and if we’re not a part of the solution, we’re part of the problem.
“And it was her call to action for herself and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”
He said he was concerned by the Academy’s nominations adding it didn’t reflect “this beautiful American gumbo” of diversity.
“For me, at its best, Hollywood represents and then creates the imagery for that beauty,” he said.
“But for my part, I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great.”
Smith’s announcement came as Dustin Hoffman said he believes the lack of diversity is down to “subliminal racism”.
Hoffman, 78, said the lack of recognition for black actors was part of a wider problem in the US.
He followed George Clooney, 54 , wading into the controversy surrounding the exclusion of black stars accusing judges of “moving in the wrong direction”.
The double Oscar winner, 54, spoke of his frustration saying the Awards “need to get better”.
He told America’s Variety magazine: “If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job.
“Think about how many more African Americans were nominated. I would also make the argument, I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?”
British director Steve McQueen, 46, and Mexican-Kenya Lupita Nyong’o, have added their voices to the campaign for more diversity.
McQueen, who enjoyed Oscar success with his film 12 Years A Slave, called for black actors to be given a “fair bite”, while Nyong’o, 32, said was united with her “peers who are calling for change”.
Several invited guests including director Spike Lee and the Smiths have refused to attend next month’s ceremony.
As the fury grows pressure continued to mount on Chris Rock to pull out as host of the 88th annual ceremony with less than six weeks to go before the February 28 ceremony.