Yikes. While many in Hollywood are voicing their support for the boycott of the 2016 Academy Awards, British Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling has made her views on the matter all too clear.
The 69-year-old star, who is nominated for best actress for her role in 45 Years, spoke with French Radio network Europe 1, where she bashed the reaction to the nominees list.
“It is racist to whites,” she said in the Friday, January 22, interview. “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”
Rampling is one of 20 all-white acting nominees in the race at this year’s show. It marks the second year in a row that the categories have not featured a single actor of color.
“Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted,” Rampling continued. “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?”
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith first called for the boycott of this year’s Oscars on January 18, prompting many other stars to speak out against the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement on the matter this week, saying she is “both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion” and will be “taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.”