A few days ago, Sources inform TMZ that the cast and much of the crew behind the hit N.W.A. biopic didn’t receive invitations to the Feb. 28 ceremony — an omission that comes amid ongoing uproar over the lack of diversity in the movie industry.
But the Academy speaks out about the controversy.
The Academy invites the nominees only, and each studio gets a limited ticket allotment, based on the number of nominated films, to use at their discretion. It has been this way for decades,” an Academy spokesperson tells PEOPLE exclusively.
While the number of tickets a studio gets is dependent on how many nominees they have in a given year, Academy members themselves have to enter a lottery to score them.