Octavia Spencer Doesn’t Think The Oscars are Racist
Academy award winning actress, Octavia Spencer has been doing interview rounds within the media circuit to promote her latest film, “Black or White.”
In addition to talking about the film, Octavia has also been expressing her opinion that the Academy Awards organization is not racist.
When the news recently came out that no directors or actors of color—particularly those involved in “Selma”—— were nominated for an Oscar this year, critics slammed the Oscar board for its lack of diversity in nominees.
Social media users even created the trending Twitter hashtag #OscarssoWhite to discuss the Academy Awards’ alleged racism towards African American creatives in Hollywood.
But despite the apparent lack of African American Oscar nominees this year, Octavia insists that the Academy Awards are not racist.
“It’s a slap in the face to have any sort of the narrative be that the Academy is racist. We wouldn’t have Mo’Nique, we wouldn’t have Jennifer Hudson, we wouldn’t have Lupita Nyong’o, we wouldn’t have myself, we wouldn’t have John Ridley or Alfonso Cuaron — so many people of color — awarded, “ Octavia told the Los Angeles Daily News. “So while I understand the need for people to latch onto something, to paint this narrative in the light that it’s been painted is disheartening. That’s not what’s happening here.”
She added, “Now, should there be more diverse films? And diverse doesn’t just mean black, it means a broader spectrum: LGBT, different religions, more women behind the scenes directing and producing, more Latin, more Asian, reflective of what we see in the world. Yes, absolutely.”
Octavia concluded her response, explaining that while she would’ve liked to see “Selma” actor ,David Oyelowo be nominated for Best Actor, she feels that unlike everyone else, he probably doesn’t think the Oscars are racist either.
“David Oyelowo was amazing, and would I have loved to have seen my ‘Help’ alum, who I think is a brilliant actor, nominated for that wonderful portrayal of Dr. King? Absolutely. But I think if you asked David if he thought the Academy was racist because he wasn’t nominated, he is a rational man and he knows that that’s not the case,” she explained.
“Black or White” starring Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner his theaters on Jan. 30.
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