“The issue is not the Academy. Even if you fill the Academy with black and Latino and Asian members, if there’s no one on the screen to vote for, you’re not going to get the outcome that you want. I won once, so it can’t be that racist. You need directors and producers who will say, ‘Hey, what about so and so?’ They need to be aware that the picture is not complete.”
– Oscar winning actress and host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg, who won her Oscar for ‘Ghost’ in 1991.
“I really appreciated this article in TIME on the lack of racial and gender diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. So disappointed that some of 2015’s best films, filmmakers and performances were not recognized. Nothing can diminish the quality of their work, but these filmmakers deserve recognition. As an Academy member, I would love to see a more diverse voting membership.”
– Actress, Resse Witherspoon on the #Oscarssowhite controversy
At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.
With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,
– Actress Jada Pinkette Smith, on the lack of diversity at the OSCARS
When all else fails, strip down to your underwear! That’s just what happened last night when host Neil Patrick Harris paid homage to Birdman but appearing locked out of his dressing room in nothing but his tighty-whities. Check out the video above!