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Chris Spencer, Anthony Anderson Speak Out on Snubs: “F- the Oscars!”

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Hmmmm … should we all be saying “F- the Oscars”?

While many people are still upset by Selma star David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay’s Oscars snub, actors Chris Spencer and Anthony Anderson are taking a different approach.

While at the NAACP Image Awards luncheon, Spencer revealed his feelings towards the Academy, “F- the Oscars”, he told HipHollywood, “I don’t understand why we care so much about this trophy,” the Real Husbands of Hollywood creator continued. Anderson seemed to echo those sentiments when he stated, “We don’t need awards and awards shows to validate who we are.”

On the other hand, Selma star Niecy Nash felt a bit differently about the snub, especially since she saw firsthand the amazing accomplishments of both Ava and David. “Selma is an American story and I think Ava did a beautiful job. I think David Oyelowo’s performance was transformative and I definitely think there should have been a place for them at the table.”

The Oscars may have missed the mark, but Selma, Ava Duvernay and David Oyelowo were all nominated for NAACP Image Awards. You can read the full list of nominees here and watch the NAACP Image Awards when they air live Friday, February 6th on TV One.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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