Oscars race row: Is everyone getting a fair shot? Obama asks

Published: Thursday 28th January 2016 by The News Editor

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US president Barack Obama has spoken about the outcry over two straight years of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards.

Mr Obama says the Oscars debate was an expression of a broader issue, saying: “Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?”

The presedent was talking to local television stations about stepping up enrolment for health insurance coverage, but Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC asked him about this year’s Oscars controversy.

Some are calling for a boycott of this year’s Academy Awards on February 28 because no acting nominees were black.

Mr Obama said the film industry should do what others practised – “look for talent and provide opportunity to everybody”.

Published: Thursday 28th January 2016 by The News Editor

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