Straight Outta Compton might have been one of the biggest snubs in the Best Picture category when the 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday, but Ice Cube, a driving force behind the film, said he “can’t be mad” about it.
The star, a producer on the highly personal project, appeared on The Wendy Williams Show shortly after the nominations were announced Thursday and matter-of-factly agreed when Williams told him she was “expecting more” nominations for the movie that chronicles hip-hop group N.W.A.’s rise to fame. (Ice Cube, of course, is a founding member of the group, and real-life son O’Shea Jackson Jr. portrays him onscreen.)
“Me, too,” he replied. “I’m not pissed. I’m not surprised. It’s the Oscars, they do what they do.”
The film received only a single nomination — for Best Original Screenplay — and social media was promptly flooded with comments about the lack of diversity among this year’s crop of nominees.
Even so, the Ride Along 2 star, 46, remained above the fray Thursday, telling Williams that it’s tough to be upset when the film has been such a success.
“The people loved the movie, the people supported the movie, it was No. 1 at the box office, over $200 million worldwide. I can’t be mad, you know.”
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Williams, meanwhile, briefly teared up when she told him she saw the film twice, explaining she brought her son to a screening because he “needs to know the history.”