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Just days after Jada Pinkett Smith professed she will not be attending this year’s Academy Awards due to the lack of diversity, her husband Will Smith is speaking out.

Smith, who was overlooked by the Academy for his role in Concussion, revealed on Good Morning America that he would also not be attending the 2016 Oscars. “No,” he said when asked about attending the awards show. “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize [Theron].”

“We’ve discussed it,” Smith said. “We’re part of this community but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK.”

As for Jada’s four-minute Facebook video explaining her decision to boycott the awards show, Smith says “She’s deeply passionate and when she is moved she has to go. I heard her words and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman.”

The actor continued, “There is a position that we hold in this community, and if we’re not part of the solution, we’re part of the problem. It was her call to action, for herself, and for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”

The Concussion star also admitted that diversity is absolutely lacking in this year’s nominees. “That’s why we are great,” Smith said. “So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspiration and their influences to this beautiful American gumbo.”

“For me, at its best, Hollywood represents and then creates the imagery for that beauty,” the 47-year-old shared. “But for my part, I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great. So when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty.”

And while Will explained that the nominees are “beautiful and deserving and is fantastic” it’s still “going in the wrong direction.”

Several celebrities, including Jada, Spike Lee and Snoop Dogg have stated they will be boycotting the show because of the lack of inclusion.

Meanwhile, the Academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, expressed in a statement that “The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”

This is the second year in a row that the all the nominees in the acting categories do not include actors of color.

Watch full interview here. 

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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