For an artist who made his name flame-throwing the establishment, former N.W.A. member Ice Cube has taken a dispassionate stance about the failure of the Academy to recognize minority actors and films, including his hit N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show to promote Ride Along 2, Ice Cube, producer of Compton and who was portrayed in the film by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., was asked whether he would be attending the Oscars. “I never used to go anyway. You can’t boycott something that you never went to anyway,” he said.
Sitting with Kevin Hart, Cube implied there’s little reason for him to attend the ceremony when the film is largely absent from the race. (Compton was only nominated for Best Original Screenplay.) “I look at it like a horse race,” he said. “Once your horse lose the race, you tear up your ticket and … just back on out.”
But Cube didn’t hold any grudges, and was philosophical by Oscars’ slight. “We don’t do movies for the industry; we do movies for the fans, for the people,” Cube said. “And the industry, if they give you a trophy or not, or pat you on the back or not, it’s nice, but it’s not something you should dwell on. … We got so much praise for the movie, and it’s like, how could you be mad ’cause one other Academy, or Guild, or anybody didn’t say it was . It’s crying about not having enough icing on your cake. It’s just ridiculous.”
Straight Outta Compton for Best Picture
F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton ruled the summer box office and quickly became a critical darling, but the N.W.A biopic landed a spot on the list of Academy snubs. Already nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture by the SAG Awards and the winner of Movie of the Year from the AFI Awards, Straight Outta Compton earned just one Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.