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Helen Mirren Defends The Oscars Amid Diversity Controversy — And Calls Donald Trump As President 'A Very Frightening Idea'!

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While tons of stars have put the Academy on blast for not properly representing minorities, Helen Mirren thinks it's "unfair" to attack them for the lack of diversity in the Oscars nominees!

On Wednesday, the Trumbo actress addressed the controversy with England's Channel 4 News, and came to the defense of the Academy!

Video: Helen Destroys Drunk Drivers In Scathing Super Bowl Commercial!

When asked if she felt the prestigious award show was "behind the times" for having all-white actor nominees for the second consecutive year, she said:

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Janet Hubert Says She 'Highly' Respects Jada Pinkett Smith As She Tries To Quell Their Quarrel On The Real — Watch!

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Janet Hubert has been in the news a lot recently for the comments she made SLAMMING Jada Pinkett Smith regarding boycotting the Oscars.

While Jada and Janet have gone back and forth a bit responding to one another, it looks as though the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum is looking to bury the hatchet!

Related: Janet Hubert Calls Stacey Dash a 'Media Ho' For Making Anti-BET Remarks!

Hubert stopped by Thursday's episode of The Real and talked about the Oscar diversity problem, mentioning specifically how she actually respects her former costar Will Smith's wife:

"I respect Jada highly. I respect her skill, I respect her as an artist, I respect her as an actress, very much."

Ch-ch-check out the clip (below) as well as the 60-year-old actress trying to clear the air about her departure from the hit '90s sitcom!

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Lupita Nyong'o Makes A Bold Fashion Statement While Weighing In Again On The #OscarsSoWhite Controversy

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Lupita Nyong'o brings color to the Today Show.

Pink and purple? Together? That's bold and we love it!

Of course Lupita Nyong'o has never shied away from taking fashion risks, so for her to pair a deep purple cut-out dress and matching pumps with a pale pink coat just makes sense!

Related: Lupita & Co. Cover Vanity Fair

It helps that you can totally see the confidence with which she wears it, too.

The actress wore the ensemble during an appearance on The Today Show in NYC Wednesday morning.

Weighing in on the Oscars controversy once more, she said:

"What I think it is, is that it's a symptom of something else. I think what we are asking for is really for more stories to be told, for inclusion in the stories that are told. And I think that it's good for all of us when we hear a diverse number of stories and are able to experience more diversity. It's more reflective of the world we live in. I think that's what we ultimately want, is for a diversity of stories to be told."

Well said!

Our movies should be more reflective of the world and the people in it.

And it's so great to see Lupita continue to talk about this issue. Nothing will change if we don't demand it!

[Image via AKM-GSI.]

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Ryan Murphy Combats Hollywood's Lack Of Diversity With His Own Equality Pledge — But How Will This Affect His TV Shows?

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Be the change you wish to see in the post-Glee world!

Hollywood's radical lack of diversity has been the talk of the town ever since the Oscars tried to get away with only nominating white actors again this year, and it looks like the issue is really getting through to some people with sway.

While the Academy has already taken steps to ensure better representation in future years, a heavy-hitter in the world of TV is also making a pledge towards furthering equality in media.

Related: Ava DuVernay's New TV Show Only Features Female Directors!

Ryan Murphy may already have some of the more diverse casts currently on television, but he's looking to expand his reach behind the camera with his new foundation, Half.

In an effort to get a more diverse directorial team, Ryan spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his new project's purpose, saying:

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Leonardo DiCaprio Will NOT Be Allowed To Vape At The Oscars After Getting Heat For The Habit At The SAG Awards!

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Leonardo DiCaprio may have won a SAG Award on Saturday, but he also got some negative attention from the American Lung Association!

The Revenant star was smoking an e-cigarette at his table — right in the middle of the televised ceremony!

The ALA called Leo out for his "deeply troubling" conduct — noting that vape pens expose others to secondhand toxins. Also, it's illegal to smoke vape pens in restaurants, bars, and other public places in El Lay.

While the SAGs didn't seem to care about a few puffs, the actor will reportedly run into a problem if he takes out his vape pen at the Oscars!

Video: Jacob Tremblay Tells Ellen Why He's Leo's Lucky Charm!

Hollywood's famous Dolby Theatre, where the 88th Academy Awards will be held, has a strict no-smoking policy — which includes vaping!

If the 41-year-old does want to light up in celebration after winning (or out of defeat after losing), he is welcome to vape all he wants in one of the designated smoking sections set up by the theater.

Just no puffing at the table, Leo!

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Will Smith Had NO IDEA Jada Was Making Her #OscarsSoWhite Video! And His Immediate Response Was Not So Supportive…

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Since the moment Jada Pinkett Smith made her video declaring a boycott of the Oscars, hubby Will Smith has stood by her side.

Well, since JUST AFTER that moment anyway.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw, the Concussion star explained that first he had to find out about the video from the press!

"I was out of the country when she made the video, I was in Thailand… I had no idea."

In fact, it was paparazzi asking for his reaction to the vid that first clued him in!

Related: Halle Berry Weighs In On Oscars' 'Heartbreaking' Lack Of Diversity!

How did he react when he finally saw his wife's declaration? He called home a little perplexed:

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Halle Berry Weighs In On The 'Heartbreaking' Lack Of Diversity In This Year's Oscar Nominees!

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Halle sounds off on #OscarsSoWhite!

Halle Berry isn't staying silent anymore.

The lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations has got a lot of actors upset. Jada Pinkett Smith revealed she will be boycotting the ceremony and host Chris Rock is re-writing his script to address the controversy.

And now, the 49-year-old is also joining in on the conversation.

Related: Zendaya Calls For Change In Hollywood!

At the 2016 Makers Conference on Tuesday, the acclaimed actress addressed the issue while speaking to reporters. The brunette beauty remembered how excited she was when she won Best Actress for Monsters Ball back in 2002, because she believed it meant more opportunities for non-white actors in the future.

She explained:

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