They might have been inexplicably ignored by the Academy, but the stars of NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton had the last laugh last night during the MTV Movie Awards, taped at the WB lot and aired tonight on MTV, with a short skit that called out the lack of diversity at the Oscars.
Accepting the True Story award for Compton along with costars
O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown, Jr., Jason Mitchell, who played the late Eazy-E in the film, kicked off the speech with “I would just like to take a moment to thank the Academy — I mean MTV,” referencing the snubbing of Compton at the 2016 Oscars that helped reignite the #oscarssowhite controversy that led to historic changes inside the Academy designed to address concerns over diversity.
Skit over, the cast, joined onstage by NWA member Antoine Carraby AKA DJ Yella, thanked MTV, saying “you’ve all been pioneers for the N.W.A.” Straight Outta Compton was nominated for three MTV movie awards — true story, breakthrough performance for O’Shea Jackson Jr., and movie of the year. It lost Movie of the Year to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.