Jada Pinkett responds to Academy president over Oscar controversy

Updated on : Jan 20,2016   3:08 pm

Los Angeles, Jan 20 (IANS) Days after taking to social media to vent her frustration over the lack of diversity among the nominees for this year's Oscar nominations, actress Jada Pinkett Smith has addressed the Academy president for her "quick response" to the issue.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand. I look forward to the future," Jada wrote on Twitter, reports eonline.com.

Over the weekend, the actress criticised the Oscars for nominating only white actors in four acting categories for the second year in a row.

"At the Oscars...people of colour are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain. But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of colour refrain from participating all together?" she wrote.

"People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment," she added.

Jada's husband Will Smith was left out of the race for his role in "Concussion".

Isaacs had earlier responded to the backlash over diversity in the 2016 Oscar nominees. She said the Academy will take "dramatic steps" to alter the make-up of its membership.

The 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28.