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In June, the Academy sent out invitations to a record number of minority actors and filmmakers in an attempt to diversify its largely white, male ranks. Nate Parker, Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, America Ferrera, Regina King and Cary Fukunaga were among the invitees.

Ryan Coogler, whose 2015 film “Creed” netted a supporting actor Sylvester Stallone, was also on the invite list, but has yet to send in his acceptance letter, and sources tell The Hollywood Reporter he has no desire to join.

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Via THR:

His refusal to join may not be related to any protest or stance on diversity in the industry as some sources hint that, like Woody Allen and Sean Penn, Coogler is an artist uninterested in judging other people’s art.

Coogler’s next project is his Marvel Studios’ directorial effort “Black Panther.” His reps declined comment.

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