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Producer makes impassioned plea for Academy, and Hollywood at large, to "do better" to acknowledge the work of people of colour.

17 Jan 2016 - 11:24 AM  UPDATED 17 Jan 2016 - 11:24 AM

Straight Outta Compton exec producer Will Packer has weighed in on the 2016 Oscar nominations' lack of diversity.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Packer applauded performances by performers of colour and called his fellow Academy members to action, pleading with them to focus on hiring minorities in the future. He also mentions that the all-white acting nominees and the resulting #OscarsSoWhite Twitter trend cast a shadow on the entire ceremony.

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Packer was not the only one to weigh in on the dearth of minority nominees today. Oscar host Chris Rock shared this promo for the awards, in which he refers to the ceremony as the "White BET Awards."

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