Sharpton threatens more protests over Oscars, dozens rally near red carpet

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LOS ANGELES — Rev. Al Sharpton is threatening larger protests if the Academy Awards ever has an all-white slate of actors nominated for Oscars again.

Sharpton addressed a group of several dozen protesters near the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars will be handed out Sunday evening. He has called for a boycott of the 88th annual awards show and told the group he will organize larger protests if diversity complaints are not addressed.

Rev. Al Sharpton marches in Los Angeles to protest the Oscars. (Photo: Joe Andaloro)

Rev. Al Sharpton marches in Los Angeles to protest the Oscars. (Photo: Joe Andaloro)

"This will be the last night of an all-white Oscars," Sharpton said.

All 20 actors nominated Sunday are white. Sharpton criticized the Oscars for failing to nominate films such as "Straight Outta Compton," ''Creed" or "Concussion" for any of its top honors.

Dozens of protesters converged on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue holding signs and calling for more diversity in feature films. The protest site is near the Dolby Theatre and on a route traveled by many Oscars attendees and media covering the ceremony.

Some of the signs include the slogans, "Hollywood Must do Better" and "Shame on You."

Protesters also yelled, "Hollywood, Hollywood, you ain't looking so good" and "I got to be up on that screen."

Sharpton led the group in a march around the parking lot of a vacant shopping center in Hollywood. The group shouted, "This is what diversity looks like!"

The Oscars are being hosted by comedian Chris Rock and Sharpton did not want to criticize him.

Sharpton says, "He tells jokes, I tell the truth."

Sharpton also said his group is not protesting actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who is nominated for best actor.

"We are not anti-Leonardo. We are anti-exclusion," Sharpton said.

The Academy Awards, normally decorous and predictable, are this year charged with enough politics and uncertainty to rival an election debate.

Best picture is considered up for grabs, with "The Revenant," ''The Big Short" and "Spotlight" in the mix.