PREACH, George Clooney!
For the second year in a row, the Oscars nominated 20 white actors as the best performances of the year, a decision that generated widespread controversy.ÃÂ Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting, and others are PISSED. Here’s some highlights of George speaking out about the issue:
ÃÂ 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 donÃ¢â¬â¢t think itÃ¢â¬â¢s a problem of who youÃ¢â¬â¢re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?
I think we have a lot of points we need to come to terms with. I find it amazing that weÃ¢â¬â¢re an industry that in the 1930s, most of our leads were women. And now a woman over 40 has a very difficult time being a lead in a movie. WeÃ¢â¬â¢re seeing some movement. Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette have made the loud pronouncement about wage disparity, have put a stamp on the idea that we got to pay attention. But we should have been paying attention long before this. I think that African Americans have a real fair point that the industry isnÃ¢â¬â¢t representing them well enough. I think thatÃ¢â¬â¢s absolutely true.
There should be 20 or 30 or 40 films of the quality that people would consider for the Oscars. By the way, weÃ¢â¬â¢re talking about African Americans. For Hispanics, itÃ¢â¬â¢s even worse. We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it.
What do you think about the Oscar nominations this year?