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Nick Nolte

#OscarsSoWhite joins a long line of Oscar controversies

#OscarsSoWhite joins a long line of Oscar controversies

The #OscarsSoWhite uproar over the lack of diversity in the Academy Award nominations the last two years and the subsequent call by some for a boycott of the ceremony played a role in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changing the rules regarding the organization's membership.

But boycotts are nothing new in academy history. The first boycott took place 80 years ago, and there have been numerous controversies at the Oscars, including winners snubbing the awards, protests and presenters and recipients using the ceremony as a bully pulpit for their political beliefs.