While Ice Cube consistently maintained the position that he did not care about Straight Outta Compton‘s recognition by the Oscar Awards, many cried snub when the historic film was only nominated for Original Screenplay.
At the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, which aired Sunday, April 10th, the Straight Outta Compton cast mocked the Oscars in the acceptance speech for best True Story.
“I’d just like to take a moment to like thank the Academy,” Jason Mitchell, who portrayed the late Eazy-E in the film, says.
O’Shea Jackson Jr., who played the role of his father, Ice Cube, leans over and whispers in his ear.
“I mean MTV,” Mitchell says. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry I’m sorry. My bad. My bad. My bad. My bad. My bad.”
After the joke, Jackson takes a moment to reflect on the personal meaning of the film and how the bond between the group’s members serves as example for today’s youth.
“N.W.A, the Straight Outta Compton story is so much beyond music,” he says. “It really speaks to brotherhood. I want everybody in here when you leave here tonight, really look at the people who [are] around you. Look at the friends that you surround yourself with because I know the people around me, they support me and they motivate me. If you’re not hanging out with people that motivate you or want you to be a better you, you’re not hanging out with the right people.”
The award was presented by Kendrick Lamar, who introduced the legendary rap group when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday (April 8).
DJ Yella accepted the award with the actors, including Corey Hawkins who played Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge who played MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. who played DJ Yella.
That was the movie’s only win, but Jackson was nominated for Breakthrough Performance and Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Movie of the Year.