Ryan Coogler Just Threw Some Serious Shade at the Academy Awards

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Ryan Coogler attends the European Premiere of "Creed" at the Empire cinema, Leicester Square on January 12, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Ryan Coogler Just Threw Some Serious Shade at the Academy Awards

Gotta love him.

Published September 7, 2016

It looks like Ryan Coogler has had enough of the Academy's niceties as he's reportedly declined their invitation to become a member following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Creed director is yet to send in his acceptance letter to the invitation and reportedly isn't at all interested in even becoming a member.

The Academy announced back in June that it was diversifying its organization by inviting more than 680 new folks, including Nate Parker, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King and more. Following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in 2015, this was a conscious effort on their part to diversify the membership following the backlash.

Coogler, however, isn't buying what they're selling. After his film, Creed, was overlooked on all minority fronts — Sylvester Stallone received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor — he has yet to send in his acceptance letter and reportedly isn't interesting in joining at all.

While some may think this is due to his snub, it is believed that that actually isn't the case. Coogler, who is known for being just about the art, reportedly isn't interested in judging others' art and has hence decided to decline the invitation.

See Ryan Coogler's come-up story in the BET video above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)


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