Kerry Washington Explains Why She Didn't Boycott the Oscars

"I feel like my voice is best used at the table."

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#OscarsSoWhite are finally happening and the stunning lack of diversity at tonight's awards show has, inevitably, become a requisite question on the red carpet. 

When asked to chime in, Kerry Washington had this to say: 

"A lot of people have asked my why I'm here tonight. And the thing I've been thinking about is that if you look at the history of movements, the history of change, a lot of voices are needed at the table. So I really respect and actually admire some of the people who are not here tonight. I really get it. But for me, I felt like my voice and my heart is best used at the table. As a new member of the Academy—I joined the Academy about three years ago—I really want to be part of the conversation to make sure that there's institutional change so that we never have a year like this again so that we can be as inclusive as possible. It's how I feel. We need all those voices at the table. It's about women, it's about people of color, it's about age, it's about making sure that our films and the awards that we give for films represent humanity."

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