If you are like Jada Pinkett and plan on boycotting Sunday night’s Oscars, there is an alternative, all thanks to Russell Simmons.
The entertainment mogul joined forces with Fusion to bring movie lovers an awards show that’s an alternative to #OscarsSoWhite. The All Def Movie Awards is a show that celebrates diversity and acknowledges some of the great movies and actors that were controversially overlooked by the Academy.
“There’s a lot of people who should be celebrated who would not have, and we are celebrating them,” Simmons told us while on the red carpet. Russell also admitted that while he does appreciate the Academy’s push for more inclusion, the plan to air the awards show the same night as the Oscars was strategic.
Chris Rock will host the 2016 Academy Awards, but it’s his brother Tony who took on the role as host for All Def. “This awards show is important because we felt like there was a lack of acknowledgment when it comes to movies and TV and just how we are shown and how we are perceived; because of how we are shown,” Tony told us.
But as for which Rock brother you should watch Sunday night; Tony says, “Flip a coin.”
Some of the event’s attendees included Ice Cube, O’Shea Jackson, Sanaa Lathan, Karrueche Tran and Snoop Dogg, who pronounced “f*ck the Oscars” after no actors of color were nominated. “It’s all about showing love for those who didn’t get any love,” Snoop told us when asked why All Def was so important.
And aside from the lampooning of the Oscars, what’s also great about the show is it’s unusual categories; Most Important White Person and Most Likely To Steal Your Girl to name a few.
The All Def Movie Awards air Sunday night on Fusion at 7 p.m. ET.