George Clooney Defends Will Smith, Idris Elba & Black Hollywood
Black Twitter and Jada Pinkett Smith aren’t the only ones who think the #OscarsSoWhite, even a White actor agrees. Academy Award-winner George Clooney just issued a scathing indictment, saying, “African Americans have a real fair point that the industry isn’t representing them well enough.”
“There were nominations left off the table,” Clooney shared in a statement to Variety. “There were four films this year: Creed could have gotten nominations; Concussion could have gotten Will Smith a nomination; Idris Elba could have been nominated for Beasts of No Nation; and Straight Outta Compton could have been nominated. And certainly last year, with Selma director Ava DuVernay — I think that it’s just ridiculous not to nominate her,” the A-lister fired off much to the delight of Ava.
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— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) January 19, 2016
“But honestly, there should be more opportunity than that. There should be 20 or 30 or 40 films of the quality that people would consider for the Oscars,” Clooney continued. “By the way, we’re talking about African Americans. For Hispanics, it’s even worse. We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it.”
“I think around 2004, certainly there were black nominees — like Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman. And all of a sudden, you feel like we’re moving in the wrong direction,” he concluded.
While Clooney did stop short of calling for an Oscars boycott, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee announced on Monday in separate social media postings that they would be skipping the big show.