Obama Weighs in on All-White Oscar Controversy | NBC Bay Area

Obama Weighs in on All-White Oscar Controversy



    President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

    President Barack Obama has weighed in on the outcry over two straight years of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards.

    Obama says the Oscar debate is an expression of a broader issue: "Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?"

    Obama spent part of Wednesday talking to local television stations about ramping up enrollment for health insurance coverage. But the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles, KABC, asked Obama about this year's Oscar controversy.

    The Academy Awards take place next month. Some are calling for boycotts because no acting nominees were black.

    Obama says the film industry should do what others should do as well: "Look for talent and provide opportunity to everybody."