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George Clooney reacts to Oscar nominations

20 January 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – George Clooney has joined the bandwagon in commenting about this year’s Oscar nominations, which has been getting backlash due to the lack of diversity and zero people of color.

The Oscar winner and six-time nominee argued that the diversity of the nominees have been regressing in the past decade. He shared, “If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated.”

He added that back in 2004, there were black nominees such as Don Cheadle , Morgan Freeman and many more noting that, “all of a sudden, you feel like we're moving in the wrong direction. There were nominations left off the table.” He also talked about the films that could have gotten nominations this year such as “Creed,” “Concussion,” “Beasts of No Nation,” and “Straight Outa Compton.”

Clooney noted that he thinks it’s not about who is being nominated but it’s more about the options available in quality films. He also said that he thinks African-American actors not being recognized that much is very true.

He also touched on women being nominated. He shared, “I find it amazing that we’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. We’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.”

He ended his statement by saying that the Academy has to get better at picking the nominations because Oscars used to be great at it.

Since the Oscar nominations have been announced, Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith took to their social media accounts to give their opinions and said they would not be attending the event.