When the Academy Awards air on February 28, every single acting Oscar will go to a white person. The stark whiteness of the nominations this year has been so controversial (and rightfully so) that talent including Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith are skipping out on the ceremony this year. The #OscarsSoWhite backlash also got the Academy to hopefully take action to boost diversity among its voting members in the future.
But apparently not everybody is on board. The Guardian reports that Charlotte Rampling, a Best Actress nominee this year for her film 45 Years, said that the backlash is prejudicial against white people.
She spoke out about the controversy during an interview on French radio station Europe 1. "It is racist to whites," she said. "One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list."
Rampling then weighed in on whether there should be a quota system. "Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted," she said. "People will always say, Him, he's less handsome, Him, he's too black, He is too white, […] Someone will always be saying 'You are too' [this or that]' [...] But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?"
The interviewer then explained to her that black people are marginalized in the film industry, but she simply responded, "No comment." Something tells me that her reaction won't exactly help her chances of winning an Oscar this year—and that's probably for the best.
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