When the red carpets unroll and the spray tans descend on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards this Sunday, up to 20 white actors — this year’s crop of acting nominees — will show up to see if Oscars will go to them. But, after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy highlighted the Academy’s decision to honor exactly zero black thespians for two years in a row, some big names, invited and not, will be sitting the event out. And some are now making their alternate plans public.
The latest among them: Ava DuVernay — the first black woman nominated for Best Director, for “Selma” last year. DuVernay announced she would spend Oscar night in a place far less glamorous than the Dolby, and perhaps far more relevant to spotlighting racial inequality in America: Flint, Mich., a maj...
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