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Obama weighs in on controversy over all-white Oscar slate

FILE - In this March 2, 2014, file photo, Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Smith said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this March 2, 2014, file photo, Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Smith said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has weighed in on the outcry over two straight years of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards.

Obama says the Oscar debate is an expression of a broader issue: “Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?”

Obama spent part of Wednesday talking to local television stations about ramping up enrollment for health insurance coverage. But the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles, KABC, asked Obama about this year’s Oscar controversy.

The Academy Awards take place next month. Some are calling for boycotts because no acting nominees were black.

Obama says the film industry should do what others should do as well: “Look for talent and provide opportunity to everybody.”

 

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