Ice Cube On ‘Graham Norton Show’: “Crying” About ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Oscars Snub Is “Ridiculous” (VIDEO)
Ice Cube appeared on Friday’s “Graham Norton Show,” where he addressed the controversy surrounding the lack of black nominees at this years Oscars. Although the actor and rapper’s own film, Straight Outta Compton, is widely considered to be one of the movies that was snubbed, he said “crying about” the Academy Awards is “ridiculous.” Watch the video below!
Ice Cube produced Straight Outta Compton, which depicts the rise of his iconic ’80s rap group N.W.A. and how they impacted society by exposing life in the hood and standing up to police brutality as no one had before. The movie exceeded all expectations to become one of the best reviewed films of the year, as well as the highest-grossing music biopic of all time.
But many fans were disappointed that not a single actor in the film was nominated for an Oscar, nor did the movie itself nab a Best Picture nomination. It did, however, receive a nod for Best Original Screenplay, which many found frustratingly ironic considering the movie was penned by white screenwriters.
When Norton brought up the Oscars during Ice Cube’s interview, the rapper said, “If the industry gives you a trophy or a pat on the back it’s nice, but it’s not something you should dwell on.” He added, “It might sting at first when you don’t win, but let it go and move on, keep making great films and keep making the people happy.”
The Ride Along 2 star then went on to note that Straight Outta Compton was a massive success regardless of being recognized by the Oscars. “We got accolades from all levels,” he said, “From our core fans, from curious fans and from people that didn’t even think they wanted to see the movie.”
Ice Cube concluded by insisting, “We got so much praise for the movie, so how could we be mad that one academy… says it isn’t the number one? It’s like crying about not enough icing on your cake. It’s ridiculous.”