Since nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced last Thursday and — for the second consecutive year —consisted of an entirely white pool of acting contenders, demands to better diversify the Oscars have come from the likes of Spike Lee, George Clooney, Michael Moore, recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, and the Academy’s African-American president herself, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott, which was seconded by her husband, Will Smith. With high-profile snubs of films that included Straight Outta Compton and Creed and performances from Will Smith (Concussion) and Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), all coming a year after the Best Picture nominee Selma’s director, Ava DuVernay, and leading man, David Oyelowo, were left off the ballot, it’s clear Oscar’s voting system is broken.
The nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, and Golden Globe winners like Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Brie Larson (Room) are as close as you can get to sure things. But Oscar always has a few surprises up his sleeve and occasionally a long-shot contender makes the cut. Below are 13 unlikely actors and movies we’d love to see named on Thursday morning.
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“Bye, Felisha.” It was a throwaway line from the 1995 Ice Cube-Chris Tucker stoner comedy Friday that two decades later became a ubiquitous meme in typical ubiquitous meme fashion. The quote, uttered under-his-breath by Ice Cube’s blunt-smoking Craig Jones to neighborhood pest Felisha, is now pop-culture code for “good riddance” — and of course it even has its own Urban Dictionary entry (the new form adopts the more common spelling of the name, Felicia). The line shows up in the Ice Cube-produced N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, as does as a subsequent scene showing Cube working on the script for Friday, leading “Felicia” enthusiasts to connect the dots and wonder if the hit movie just explained the popular phrase’s origin.
As far as real-life stories go, the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton has some of the most uncanny casting we’ve ever seen. “I was sitting in the kitchen watching Sports Center and he comes in and tells me he wants me to play him in a movie,” O'Shea Jackson Jr. told us about the moment his father, O'Shea Jackson (aka Ice Cube), first approached him about making his acting debut. In addition to Jackson Jr., the drama features Corey Hawkins (Non-Stop) as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell (Contraband) as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. (Fast & Furious) as DJ Yella, and Aldis Hodge (A Good Day to Die Hard) as MC Ren.