Protests Over Acadamy Award’s Lack of Diversity Canceled at ‘Selma’ Director’s Request

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Director Ava DuVernay attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015, in Hollywood. (Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Protests that were planned for Sunday over the lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees were canceled at the request of “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, organizers said.

“The Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network has agreed to forgo our planned protests of the Oscars today and pursue instead a direct dialogue with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” the local chapter’s political director, Najee Ali, said in a statement.

The annual awards show has drawn criticism over what many see as snubs for the director and star of the civil rights drama “Selma,” along with the paucity of diversity among the nominees.

This year’s 20 acting nominee slots are filled entirely by white performers for only the second time since 1998.

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