Activists protest Oscars outside WEWS

Posted at 7:21 PM, Feb 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-28 19:21:39-05

The Rev. Al Sharpton led protests outside ABC stations across the nation Sunday to show disapproval for the lack of diversity in Hollywood.

The demonstrations were held outside WEWS in Cleveland, WXYZ in Detroit, WABC in New York, WJLA in Washington DC, WPLG in Miami and WSB in Atlanta.

The National Action Network Greater Cleveland Chapter attended the demonstration on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland at 5 p.m.

This comes after a second straight year of all-white acting nominees prompted industry-wide scrutiny.

The all-white slate restored the hashtag "OscarsSoWhite" to prominence and led Spike Lee (an honorary Oscar winner this year) and Jada Pinkett Smith to announce that they would not attend the show. Several top African American directors -- Ryan Coogler (whose "Creed" is expected to land Sylvester Stallone a best supporting actor) and Ava DuVernay ("Selma") -- won't be at the Oscars, but will instead host a live benefit in Flint, Michigan, for the water-contaminated city.