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George Clooney Weighs In on Oscars Diversity Controversy

George Clooney Weighs In on Oscars Diversity Controversy

George Clooney is speaking out in a lengthy statement about the lack of diversity at the 2016 Oscars after only white actors were nominated.

“If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated. I would also make the argument, I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?” the 54-year-old actor told Variety.

“I think that African Americans have a real fair point that the industry isn’t representing them well enough. I think that’s absolutely true,” George said.

“Let’s look back at some of the nominees. 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. There were nominations left off the table,” he added before listing off possible nominations for this year including Straight Outta Compton, Creed, Will Smith, and Idris Elba.

“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. 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,” George concluded.

Read the full piece now on Variety.com!

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  • LadyRed

    TBH, it does seem like less and less minorities are put into movies nowadays

  • gradybridges

    How many minorities did George Clooney put in the moves he directed?Major roles only
    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind-Zero
    Goodnight, and Good luck-Zero
    Leatherheads – Zero
    The Ides Of March- One in a supporting role
    The Monuments Men – Zero

    so George Clooney has directed 5 movies and has put 1 minority in a supporting role. Maybe I’d listen to him if he was doing something about it. But even the movies he is listed as producer It’s just as white. You are part of the problem George. You he the power to get movies made and have yet to focus on anything other than white men.
    Even white women get the shaft in his movies

  • Ariana

    SOC was about friggen thugs and 2 of the main actors are the real life sons of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. Why should 2 kids coming from Hollywood nepotism be nominated for an Oscar over far more talented work?
    Find it funny how Clooney is speaking out against this. He hates Leonardo DiCaprio and knows he is going to win this year but he wants him to feel guilty about it.
    I think This whole witch hunt is stupid. The Oscars are not to blame for why they nominate mostly whites. Many people mentioned Idris from BONN but don’t know that its a Netflix movie.
    Will Smith was awful in Concussion and MJB was out-acted by SS. The fact is; None of the black actors mentioned stood out compared to Leo or Bryan or Brie Larson or Cate Blanchett.

  • Gina

    Preach, George.

  • Commieclooneys

    #georgeclooney’s co-stars in almost all his movies are the same white people–Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman–and the only black actors I’ve ever seen in a movie with him are Don Cheadle & Bernie Mac in the Ocean’s ensemble. White producers. White directors. Keep in mind his political party is running rich white 1%ers while the GOP is running a woman, a black Doctor, and the first two Hispanic nominees. Clooney preaches a good diversity game; he doesn’t practice it. Check his Casamigos Tequila page, too, and/or the #houseoffriends tag. ALL WHITE. Clooney’s part of the problem. He really should use his “anti genocide” platform to call out the Muslim Extremists known as ISIS. His silence on that is deafening.

  • Emmp

    So… “diversity” in Hollywood only means including African-Americans, and sometimes Hispanics. No Asians? Those of Middle Eastern descent? Southeast Asian? According to Americans in the movie industry, diversity only encompasses whites, blacks, and hispanics? What an accurate representation of the world. All this to say — diversity cannot be forced. You can’t say “we’re diverse” by including ONE other ethnic group.

  • jh7058622

    Wasn’t Scarface about a thug? Is it only when they are being played by a white man that the work should be recognized? Good work is good work no matter what the subject matter.

  • Melissa Iris

    Everything is always about black people. There’s PLENTY of black actors, actresses, etc. that win. I don’t see a lot of movies in general so I don’t know but maybe the black performances this year weren’t that good and so they should snub white performers because you need a black nominee? I don’t think so. If they hated black people soo much, then Chris Rock wouldn’t have been asked to host. And no black people would EVER be nominated

  • David Peacock

    100 percent agree!!!!!!! Should somebody be nominated simple because of their ethnicity? Or because of a stellar performance?

  • xyz

    Noone really cares about this non-issue. Libtards have proved once again that they are best at digging their own graves.

  • cherrybomb

    You forgot to mention Native Americans, who almost never get mentioned and are even more underrepresented than the groups you listed.

  • jh7058622

    I agree with you guys however like Clooney stated it’s more than just the academy it’s the entire landscape of Hwood.

    Why did someone like Lady Gaga get nominated for a GG and win and now get an Oscar nod when she is not that talented of an actress? I don’t think it is racism at all but just Hwood favoritism. Which is sad.

  • Eathan Crane

    George Clooney should not be the one to speak about this subject. His movies almost never feature a black actor or actress. If Vin Diesel said this, i would have much respect as he does diversity so well.

  • Eathan Crane

    That’s not true. 2015. was all about diversity, all the top movies featured a very diverse cast.

  • Michki067

    It was just a few years ago when George practically gave Hollywood all the credit for the civil rights movement. Now they’re racists. Which is it, George?

  • Jeff McCabe

    So which ones did he vote for and how has he used his clout in making movies to provide opportunities? The article seems to have left all that out.

  • C.Technical

    Well that’s not even remotely true. Goodnight and Good luck at least 5 within the primary cast of 14, Leatherheads 2 in a primary cast of 12, Ides of March 4(maybe 5) in a primary cast of 14, monuments men 1. And these are in historical dramas/comedies which means they are always less likely to have few if any roles for minorities yet he manages to fit in several.

    Pretty much every movie he’s produced since 2000 has had a minority or woman as either a lead or in a top billed position. He has also been good about casting individuals among minorities who have extremely limited roles in hollywood like Amy Lin, Amr Waked etc. He’s probably one of the best examples of production that has chosen tough subjects to include minorities but still somehow has been able to do so.

  • C.Technical

    Well that’s not even remotely true. Goodnight and Good luck at least 5 within the primary cast of 14, Leatherheads 2 in a primary cast of 12, Ides of March 4(maybe 5) in a primary cast of 14, monuments men 1. And these are in historical dramas/comedies which means they are always less likely to have few if any roles for minorities yet he manages to fit in several.

    Pretty much every movie he’s produced since 2000 has had a minority or woman as either a lead or in a top billed position. He has also been good about casting individuals among minorities who have extremely limited roles in hollywood like Amy Lin, Amr Waked etc. He’s probably one of the best examples of production that has chosen tough subjects to include minorities but still somehow has been able to do so.

  • gradybridges

    What are you smoking? Have you seen these movies? Why don’t you name these people you claim are in these movies. Go look at IMDN and scroll the cast. Almost all white but bit parts.

  • C.Technical

    Pretty easy, the first Malcolm Goodwin (large supporting role including minor storyline) – Leatherheads (hint he’s the black guy that you obviously missed). Rose
    Abdoo. She’s Dominican in Good night and Good
    luck. Those were two I knew off the top of my head when I disagreed with your comment, before I checked on the others I thought were The rest are mostly Latino Hispanic, Eastern Asian or North African. Try looking at their names instead of pictures it will hint at their ethnicity. I personally, but not here, also include Jewish individuals but its hard to decide which way people will go with Jewish being a minority, to that end though every one of his films included at least 2 Jewish actors, often in lead roles.

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