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When the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday (January 14) and the lack of diversity was glaringly obvious, it was only a matter of time before the host had something to say.

And speak out he has, as this year's host Chris Rock called the Oscars "the White BET Awards" while promoting a teaser for the upcoming ceremony.

In the clip, Rock also shares the top three reasons to tune into this year's ceremony, including presenter cleavage, finding out who died this year and, perhaps the biggest selling point, "I might curse".

For the second year running, the Academy Awards failed to include any actors of colour in the nominees, despite there being plenty of incredible performances to choose from.

And it wasn't only actors of colour that missed out - there was a glaringly obvious lack of female and LGBT faces on the nominee list.

Following the announcement of the nominees, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has admitted she's disappointed with the lack of diversity.

"Of course I am disappointed," she told Deadline, "but this is not to take away the greatness [of the films nominated].
"This has been a great year in film. It really has across the board. You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it."

Chris Rock is not the first Oscars host to mention the lack of diversity, during last year's awards host Neil Patrick Harris said the night honoured Hollywood's 'best and whitest'.

Not impressed: Outspoken Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais was one of those to take aim at the Oscars after the nominations were announced.


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