Oscars protest canceled at request of 'Selma' director

February 23, 2015 2:39 AM

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Protests that were planned for Sunday over the lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees were canceled at the request of "Selma" director Ava DuVernay, organizers said.

"The Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network has agreed to forgo our planned protests of the Oscars today and pursue instead a direct dialogue with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," the local chapter's political director, Najee Ali, said in a statement.

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