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Oscar row: Will Smith joins wife in boycott

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Actor Will Smith has vowed to join a growing number of stars boycotting this year's Oscars.

The organising body has been subject to criticism and calls for no-shows over its all-white line-up of nominees.

Smith, who many expected to pick up a lead actor nomination for his role in Concussion, told Good Morning America he wanted to be part of the solution, not the problem.

He said he was standing firmly by his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who posted a video on Facebook announcing her Oscars boycott earlier in the week.

The actor added he felt he had to "protect and fight for ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great, so when I look at the series of nominations of the Academy, it's not reflecting that beauty".

Smith acknowledged his two Oscar nominations in 2001 and 2006, but said that he thought it was interesting that on both occasions he "never lost to a white person".

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