Lupita Nyongo weighs in on Oscar nominations
21 January 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Lupita Nyong’o has also given her opinion on the highly-controversial Oscar nominations this year as she took to Instagram to sound off about the topic.
The 32-year-old was able to take home an Academy award in the past on Oscar night and she is one of the few black women being recognized in the entertainment business. She then said on her Instagram post that she is disappointed by the lack of inclusion and diversity regarding this year’s nominations.
The post is a photo of her whole statement regarding her opinion on the issue. The whole post reads: “I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture. The Awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today. I stand with my peers who are calling for a change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them.”
The caption for the photo reads: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is face.” This was a quoted from novelist James Baldwin.
Nyong’o received an Oscar back in 2014 for her role in “12 Years A Slave.” She is currently starring in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
It is unclear if Nyong’o will also be boycotting the event as she did say in her post that she stands by her peers regarding their opinions. Although she did not name anyone in specific, fans were quick to speculate that she was talking about the statements made by Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, and Tyrese Gibson.
George Clooney also recently released a statement regarding the lack of diversity and called for a change.