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Lupita Nyong'o Is Disappointed by Oscars' Lack of Diversity

Lupita Nyong'o Is Disappointed by Oscars' Lack of Diversity

Former Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is speaking out about the lack of diversity in the 2016 Oscars nominations.

The 32-year-old actress, who won an Academy Award for her performance in 12 Years a Slave back in 2014, released a statement on her Instagram account.

“I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Awards nominations,” Lupita wrote. “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 has to offer today,” she continued. “I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them.”

Lupita also included a quote from James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

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Posted to: 2016 Oscars, Lupita Nyong'o

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  • Anastatia Bagans

    It’s the same sh*t every year with these people. Dying for white approval and expecting a nomination because they’re black. Way to try and bully your way in. alejandro is a MEXICAN director and he has been getting nominations like crazy. Why? Because he’s BRILLIANT. Step your game up and MAYBE you’ll get more noms!

  • Swagsaad

    shes need to shut her ass down

  • AeeJay

    Oh look a black actress holding an Oscar complaining about effin diversity.. are you effing kidding me? stfu already.

  • 777

    This is getting annoying. The last 3 directors who won the Oscar were all not white and not American. In the last couple of years you had nominations for Selma, The Help and Viola Davis while 12 year’s a slave, Lupita Nyong’o and Octavia Spencer all went home with an Oscar.
    The academy should pick the nominees based on performance alone, and that’s what they did.

  • VanityInsecurity

    The real issue isn’t the lack of minorities its the lack of women in the Academy.. the lack of women writers, directors.. that is the where the REAL issue is in the movie industry. Bigelow was the first women director ever to win an Oscar .. wtf does that tell you.. and here you have black people crying racism everywhere they go.

  • 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.

  • bledel

    totally agree with you and yet I’m a black personne ! the main issue in hollywood and the academy is Gender inequality and cathegory fraud during awards because of some bullshit studios campaign ! there are plenty of talented women directors who made beautiful indie movies but it goes under the radar because studios buy and campaign mostly for movies directed by men rather than “taking risk” with women coz of awards or BO expectations !
    It’s not always about racism but the academy membership itself need a renewal by including more women, more young members and more cultural diversity in general.

  • NerdyBirdy

    oh for fuck sakes

  • Eden

    YES !! THANK YOU !!!!!

  • xyz

    Perfect. Go back to Kenya or Mexico!

  • Jean Morel

    The woman this article mentions is African though, not American… She was not born in America and was not raised in America…

  • Eathan Crane

    She’s the one that won the Oscar because she’s black, so the Academy wouldn’t be called racist, not because she gave a good performance in a movie, she was in the movie for about 10 minutes in total with barely any lines spoken. And what has she done after winning an Oscar? Close to nothing. look at Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer etc. they are getting work because they are actually good in their performances.

  • Eathan Crane

    People should stop talking about how there’s no diversity in movies today, 2015. was all about diversity. We had female leading roles in blockbusters, we had black actors in both leading roles and strong supporting roles, we had female directors, we had australian, british, indian, mexican, asian etc. actors in movies. What do people expect? There’s only 12% of black people in US, 16% latin and over 60% white, so there’s no surprise that that percentage would be transitioned in movies aswell. But we all know that black actors are much more in movies than just 12%.

  • Eathan Crane

    Whoopi Goldberg said it best: “Do you think the Academy voters vote, this one is black, this one is white, so i’ll vote for him? Hell NO, they watch performances, who did it best!”.

  • Dee

    The help was 2011, 12 years a slave was 2 years ago. The academy should pick based on performance, but thats not what they did. the academy is 90% white males of 50 years or older. They don’t pick in a way that reflects society today, they pick in a way that reflects society in 1960. PLUS why the majority of black best actor oscar winners win for stereotypical rolls? a maid, a slave, a ghetto woman whose husband is in prison, corrupt ghetto cop, african dictator, crappy ghetto mom? Other then ray, its always for something that puts blacks in a negative light. wtf.

  • Dee

    you fucking moron, shes african, born in mexico.

  • Shelly

    What does she have in her hand? Please ugh! Girl, find another way for people to notice you.

  • Jenny from the flop

    Omg shut up already. Be glad you have a career for fuck sakes! Celebrities doesnt understand how hard it is in the real world to have a job and income

  • suk bin

    here we go again …

    Why do white people dominate “entertainment industry” ???

    Why Black People Are Good at Sports ???

  • Maria

    So are we going to have quotas now? I understand this year there is a lack of nominations of people of color, but it is based on performances, not skin color. Jada is just mad her husband wasn’t nominated, to be honest. But maybe, Jada, there were better performances than his this year. There are only, what, 5 nominations in each category? Maybe we need more black directors, producers, etc to make more quality movies, because there are indeed far more white people in the industry. That’s how it is. Maybe the whining should stop, and they should start making the changes by working at it. But, there will be years where this lack of color is bound to happen, because of a lack of choices. I just don’t agree we should nominate based on skin color.

  • Marie Bano

    Stop pretending that the Oscars are always fair and equal. Stallone and Lawrence put in mediocre performances. It is important that society is fairly represented in the Oscars judges and 93% white and 76% male does not reflect society. Beasts of No nation, Concussion, Creed and The Martian had Idris Elba, Will Smith, Tessa Thompson, Michael B Jordan, Chiwetel Ejiofor that were ignored.

  • Shay M

    I went to see Concussion and it was not oscar worthy. I have always been a fan of Will Smith, but there is no comparison between him and Leo, Fassbender, or Eddie Redmayne. The movie made me question the NFL and the integrity of sports, but it didn’t make me feel. I didn’t get wrapped up into the movie. That’s the bottom line, the movies nominated brought people into another world and made them feel

  • kelly

    That’s not so much the Academy’s fault as it is the industry for not having many female directors/writers,

  • Esmeralda

    This is getting ridiculous. Instead of people being so upset at the lack of diversity at the Oscars this year then they need to seek out the ways of amending the 5 nominees for each acting category. I don’t understand why people are so content with there being 10 Best Picture nominees yet the acting categories only have 5? How is that really a balance? Those Dark Knight fanboys really caused an uproar when The Dark Knight kissed out on a nomination for Best Picture and guess what? The academy heard the tantrums in the corner and moved it up to 10 the following year. Maybe the focus should be moving up the acting categories to 10 nominees that way there’s a sure chance someone like Will Smith or Idris Elba can get in. Hopefully, that happens so NO ONE has anything to complain about ever again.

  • Kary

    Let’s take a look at the African American nominees and winners in the top 5 categories over the last 20 years shall we.

    Best Picture:
    2014 – Selma – produced by Oprah Winfrey
    2013 – 12 Years a Slave – directed by Steve McQueen – *WON*
    2012 – Django Unchained – produced by Reginald Hudlin
    2009 – Precious – directed by Lee Daniels
    2009 – The Blind Side – produced by Broderick Johnson
    *McQueen and Daniels also nominated for Best Director

    Best Actor:
    2013 – Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
    2012 – Denzel Washington – Flight
    2009 – Morgan Freeman – Invictus
    2006 – Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
    2006 – Forest Whitaker – Last King of Scotland – *WON*
    2005 – Terrence Howard – Hustle & Flow
    2004 – Don Cheadle – Hotel Rwanda
    2004 – Jaimie Foxx* – Ray – *WON*
    2001 – Will Smithe – Ali
    2001 – Denzel Washington – Training Day – *WON*
    1999 – Denzel Washington – The Hurricane

    Best Actress:
    2012 – Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
    2011 – Viola Davis – The Help
    2009 – Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
    2001 – Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball – *WON*

    Best Supporting Actor:
    2013 – Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
    2006 – Eddie Murphy – Dream Girls.
    2006 – Djimon Hounsou – Blood Diamond
    2004 – Jamie Foxx – Collateral
    2004 – Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby – *WON*
    2003 – Djimon Hounsou – In America
    1999 – Michael Clarke Duncan – The Green Mile
    1996 – Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Jerry Maguire – *WON*

    Best Supporting Actress:
    2013 – Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave – *WON*
    2011 – Octavia Spencer – The Help – *WON*
    2009 – Mo’Nique – Precious – *WON*
    2008 – Taraji P. Henson – Benjamin Button
    2008 – Viola Davis – Doubt
    2007 – Ruby Dee – American Gangster
    2006 – Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls – *WON*
    2004 – Sophie Okonedo – Hotel Rwanda
    2002 – Queen Latifah – Chicago
    1996 – Marianne Jean-Baptiste – Secrets & Body of Lies

    There weren’t enough deserving roles to choose from that featured black actors this year. Period. You want that fixed? Make more movies. That means fighting this at the source. We shouldn’t be nominating Will Smith and his questionable accent in a Concussion just because we don’t want the academy to look racist. He should have been nominated if he deserved to be based on his performance.

  • shoes4life

    Until Black and other minority Directors/Film Makers/etc. come together and demand the STUDIOS to give them more opportunities (funding) to make great movies and stop allowing them to continue to pigeon hole them with the same comedies like Barbershop, Ride Along and stupid black love novel book movies, it will remain the same. It will also take other mainstream directors to demand more minorities leads in their movies as well. One thing people like Jada, Lupita and spike, etc. need to understand about HW, it is about popularity and being the next big thing, the it man or woman. It’s a popularity contest and the Oscars are no better at acknowledging this. If the studios don’t recognize you, then start your own company, not just a production company within a big studio. There are enough extremely rich Black and other minority entertainers and solid investors that would invest in such a ground breaking idea. Yet no one has ever stepped up to the plate to do it. They piggyback on the already big dogs and expect them to be fair, same thing with music. Start your own multifaceted Studio that can make movies/music and offer production deals like Sony and so on. Yeah, they’ll threaten you but keep on pushing. Don’t complain that someone else won’t give you opportunities, GO MAKE THEM! Prove to these Studios and Award Voters you’re as just as talented and creative and they will acknowledge you. Because they will want to be a part of it, if you’re producing great products. You’ll have Sony, MGM, Liongate and everyone else offering you all kinds of deals, but don’t sell because that will be the end. Just keep growing so your Movie Mecca will triump amongst the other big dogs. That’s how you win!

  • Will

    What’s that in your hand there? wow an Oscar and your so young I’m sorry what were you saying?

  • Ariana

    Oh please! Says the woman who won an Oscar for her very first acting role and has done virtually nothing other then wear fancy designer outfits rather then actually. Many great actors such as Leo and Johnny Depp don’t even have an Oscars but this mega-overrated, spoiled lady does? Ridiculous! This has got to stop!
    I will watch this years Oscar to support the nominated people. These annoying racist blacks out to be ashamed of themselves!

  • Do Tell

    I agree with you. Even the magnificent Denzel Washington has gotten pretty much stereotypical roles. That’s Denzel, the “top” black male actor. Compare his career to actors like Hank, Streep and Dicaprio. Esp Dicaprio who has been in some really major films. I thought it was weird how the super fabulous Denzel Washington received his Oscar the same year Halle Berry did. So ridiculous. It seemed so contrived that year.

  • Do Tell

    I wonder what kind of opportunities this Oscar winner (Nyongo) has received since she won. I haven’t seen her in anything major since, have you? Yet Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep & Leo have had wonderful opportunities coming to them during their long careers. Meryl has had 19 nominations. Yes, she is wonderful & unique, but she has been able to put her talent toward very “diverse” work. Nyongo will probably never get another stab at an Oscar and that is sad, because she is a trained actress, just like Angela Bassett.

  • Do Tell

    I don’t think they did pick based on performance alone. I keep howling about it, but did you see “Sicario” and Benicio Del Toro’s performance? Not only that, but the film was great too. But possibly because Del Toro won an Oscar once long ago, he was passed over. They nominated the man from “Bridge of Spies” for very mediocre work, imo. That’s when I really become disgusted with Hollywood. It’s almost like they try to appease minority actors by awarding Oscars now and then to keep people quiet.

    Denzel Washington has had a good career as an actor, but I think it should be even greater than it is.

  • Do Tell

    I believe there is a lack of a few things: women, all the different minorities, younger people.

  • Do Tell

    From what I understand and from what Viola Davis said, they are not getting a lot of great opportunities. They are still getting a lot of stereotypical roles. I believe Viola Davis can play all kinds of roles if they would give her the chance.

  • Do Tell

    I see that, but if I were a minority who loved acting and studied and prepared to be the best, I don’t want “fluff” roles. I want serious stuff that showcases my abilities.

  • Eathan Crane

    I wouldn’t really call her roles in “Won’t Back Down”, “Beautiful Creatures”, “Ender’s Game”, “Prisoners”, “Blackhat” or the upcoming “Suicide Squad” stereotypical, those are all very strong roles.

  • Eathan Crane

    There is no percentage in what ethnicity should be nominated. It’s not like the Academy has a rule to vote for 50% white, 25% Latin, 20% black and 5% the rest. lol

  • Eathan Crane

    I was about to post the same. Thank you for doing this.

  • Gina

    Yep, the non threatening Latin guy who mostly directs white actors. (Not including Javier Bardem which was 7 years ago). Interesting how he started winning the big awards when he shifted to directing movies with a certain demographic.

  • Kary

    Javier Bardem is not Latin he’s from Spain tho, but I see your point,

  • Kary

    you’re welcome

  • AeeJay

    Javier Bardem is a Spaniard, which makes him Mediterranean White along with Italians, Greeks & French. Hispanics are considered non-white.

  • AeeJay

    Non-Threatening? He’s had back to back nominations for Best Director, Best Picture & Best Writing.. if that isn’t a threat I dunno what is.. stfu already you racist pig

  • Camila Oliveira

    Well, she’s in Star Wars: the Force Awakens. I would say that’s major.

  • Gina

    HA! Talk about missing the point. I meant he’s non threatening in that he’s very mainstream & “white-friendly” in his projects & the actors that he works with. Not in the competitive sense. Learn to read instead of crying racism because I dared to challenge you. Dumb ass.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    Hey Gina, You’re a special kind of stupid huh? Bardem is European you useless dingbat. What other excuse are you going to come up with next?

  • Gina

    There are many non-white Spaniards as well due to Moorish ancestry. But by all means, if you want to consider him white then go ahead, you’ll just prove my point even more that Alejandro only works with a majority white cast.

  • Gina

    Oooh, you got me good. NOT! What a weak ass reply.

  • Gina

    Hey asshole, I’m not about to give you a lesson on the Moorish ancestry of the Spaniards. There is a very specific reason why I didn’t lump him in with the other actors and I stand by that. Read a history book sometime, and not the sugarcoated version they give you in school.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    LMAOOO you’re even dumber than I thought! Yes, because your propaganda bullsh*t websites you go to are far more credible then actual historians. 😂😂😂 you seriously find the lowest of the low on the Internet. Javier Bardem looks like a European, deal with it dumbsh*t.

  • Gina

    Yeah, smart ass I know he’s from Spain. I’m not about to give you a history lesson on the Moorish ancestry of the Spaniard’s. There is a very specific reason why I didn’t lump him in with the other white actors. The only one deluded is you. Learn your history instead of the abridged version they teach you in school.