George Clooney Slams Lack of Diversity at The Oscars: “We Need to Get Better at This”

After the lack of diversity within the Oscar nominations this year has been making headlines, George Clooney has released a statement sharing his opinion on the subject.

G eorge believes that in the last decade, things have actually become worse it terms of diversity and he thinks it’s time for the Academy to do better. He explains that they need to examine what minorities have as choices in films:

“If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated. I would also make the argument, I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?”

George believes things have gone backward and that there were plenty of films that deserved recognition that were completely overlooked by the academy. He explained that he has seen how it has been unfair:

“Let’s look back at some of the nominees. I think around 2004, certainly there were black nominees — like Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman. And all of a sudden, you feel like we’re moving in the wrong direction. There were nominations left off the table. There were four films this year: “Creed” could have gotten nominations; “Concussion” could have gotten Will Smith a nomination; Idris Elba could have been nominated for “Beasts of No Nation;” and “Straight Outta Compton” could have been nominated. And certainly last year, with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay — I think that it’s just ridiculous not to nominate her.”

George adds that the academy needs to do better and that more films need to be examined as potential nominees every year to give a fair chance to more people:

“But honestly, there should be more opportunity than that. There should be 20 or 30 or 40 films of the quality that people would consider for the Oscars. By the way, we’re talking about African Americans. For Hispanics, it’s even worse. We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it.”

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