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Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo May Not Attend Academy Awards Due to Lack of Diverse Nominees - Watch Now

Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo May Not Attend Academy Awards Due to Lack of Diverse Nominees - Watch Now

Mark Ruffalo may not attend the 2016 Oscars due to the lack of diversity within the nominations and the greater issues at hand.

The 48-year-old actor explained his stance in an interview with the BBC, where he talked about America and the everyday racism. Mark was nominated for an Oscar this year for his work in Spotlight.

“It isn’t just the Academy Awards,” Mark told the BBC. “The entire American system is rife with a kind of white privileged racism that goes into our justice system.”

“I’m weighing it. That’s where I’m at right now,” Mark added, saying he’s not sure if he will attend the ceremony at this point due to all of the conflict. “I woke up in the morning thinking, what is the right way to do this? Because if you look at Martin Luther King‘s legacy, what he was saying was, the good people who don’t act are much worse than the people, the wrongdoers that are purposely not acting and don’t know the right way.”

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  • Carla

    he’s only doing this cause he won’t win anyway. loser

  • Jaedon Granger

    Loser? He’s a major movie star who is in one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood history- Avengers. He’s also nominated for the top award in his field. And you consider him a loser? What have you done lately?

  • Jaedon Granger

    And it’s an honor just to be nominated out of all the performances in the year. You’re either trolling, or you have no grasp on reality. The loser is not the millionaire movie star. The loser is the person on the internet making trollish comments. Your anger towards him makes it clear you’re a racist who doesn’t approve of him taking a stand about this whitewashing issue.

  • lshelton22

    He knows that he stands no chance in the category. The only thing that he’s weighing is how much damage his career will sustain if he does boycott. Make no mistake, he’ll still attend the ceremony.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Hum, let me see, be there to support a film that fought against repression of its own despicable sort or stick around on the sofa and boycott an institution that has made him rich, famous, content for others?

  • Jaedon Granger

    At least you managed to express your opinion without implying that a famous millionaire movie star is a loser.

  • Jaedon Granger

    So because he got rich from Hollywood that means he should never support issues that have to do with things that are wrong in Hollywood? I didn’t know justjared was so full of minority hating white-power type folks.

  • Ana

    thats why Jacob Tremblay shoud have been nominated.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Ruffalo is a band-wagoner .. will never support his movies again & anyone else that is boycotting..

  • Jaedon Granger

    Huh? You refuse to support the moves of someone who doesn’t think white-washing and racism are right? So you’re saying you’re fine with white-washing and racism? Wow. You’re fine with the fact that 2 years in a row all the acting nominees (20 slots each year) have been white.? You’re fine with movies like Aloha and Silence giving parts that were written for actors of color to white actors without even allowing a single actor of color to audition? Wow. Let me guess, you’re a white conservative.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    No, he just has a choice (this year) of showing up to support HIS film that targets a serious prejudice of a nefarious kind or join a boycott to support others? I simply don’t think an African-American, unless by merit, must be included in each category as it seems is at the heart of the matter. I saw Outta Compton, it was good. Were they Oscar merit performances? No, not IMO.

  • lshelton22

    Though I do wonder if his statements will hurt Spotlight in general. It’s a close race there at the top for Best Picture.

  • Candid K

    The irony is, I bet you yourself are a white liberal. God knows, you’re usually the ones shouting the loudest about issues that don’t personally concern you. Have an iced frappe and calm your tits, you little SJW. You’ve left rabid replies on every comment on here.

  • Ash

    Mark Ruffolo is ignorant as usual. Again, I don’t expect anything less from him.

  • Jaedon Granger

    To support a bigger problem that exists in Hollywood. Who said anything about Straight out of Compton? No movie about rap should be nominated for Oscars. The issue is so much bugger than that. 2 years in a raw not a single person of color has been nominated for an acting award. Not to mention movies like Aloha and Silence casting white actors in roles specifically written for actors of color. Heck, in Silence, Andrew Garfield is playing a Spanish priest. Let me repeat that. Andrew Garfield, a pale, white British actor is playing a Spanish character. You’re also ignoring the fact that 80% of Oscar voters are white men over 60.

  • Jaedon Granger

    Ignorant for supporting a cause that demands equality? Ignorant for being upset about the white-washing that goes on in Hollywood? You’re the ignorant one. You think it’s acceptable for movies like Aloha and Silence to cast white actors in roles meant for actors of color? I’m amazed at the amount of blatant racism on here. Just the nature of the internet nowadays I guess.

    And speaking of ignorance: you clearly don’t seem to be aware that the overwhelming majority of Oscar voters are white man over 60.

  • Jaedon Granger

    I’m Latino. Not a white person of any political party. In terms of politics, I’d say I’m moderate. I don’t agree with any one party on all of their stands. But nice try.
    Listen, fool. I’m leaving comments and replies because I’m alarmed at the number of racists on here. There are people openly saying they will never watch a movie of Mark’s ever again just because he supports equality. And I am far from a SJW. I hate SJW types and argue with them all the time on Twitter. Most SJW types argue about dumb things. This is a serious issue. This is about equality. You probably have no problem with Andrew Garfield playing a Spanish character in his new movie. Sickening.

    And the saddest part is, when you thought I was white, you implied that I shouldn’t care about issues that don’t concern me. What a sad way at looking at life. You’re clearly a lousy person.

  • Cruz123

    Yeah Candid K, because the way to make the world a better place is to simply not care about anything that doesn’t directly concern us. What brilliant logic. Your parents must be so proud, Candid.

    And Jaedon, you must be new to this site. On every article, 99.9% of the comments are negative. it could be an article about a celebrity curing cancer, and still most of the comments would be negative. it’s just how this site works, sadly.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Actually Im biracial but what does that have anything to do with anything? Because Im biracial I should only support my kind of people? And not the truth? I don’t believe in boycotting the Oscar Awards show to fulfill some agenda that I believe to be false. Box Office lead actors & award shows are a total different entity .. I don’t believe in the idea of whitewashing, studios go with big names to promote films & the big names happen have white faces. Not about race but only about money.

  • Cruz123

    Care to explain how he’s ignorant, or do you just get your jollies by insulting movie stars who make you feel insecure about your own life?

  • Jaedon Granger

    You’re missing the point. There would be more marketable movie stars of color if they were ever given a chance. They’re not. That’s why directors and producers can use the “I had to cast a big name to make sure people see the movie” excuse. Big names don’t even equal guaranteed box office success anymore. That’s been confirmed by actual studio heads. The star system has been dead for years.
    The truth is that over 80% of Oscar voters are white men over 60. You really think that’s not a problem? You really think there shouldn’t be more diversity in the voting group? Wake up. People who actually work in the industry have said it’s a huge problem.
    To fulfill some agenda? Wanting equality is an agenda? You’re clearly an idiot. I’m done talking to you.

  • Jaedon Granger

    You’re missing the point. There would be more marketable movie stars of color if they were ever given a chance. They’re not. That’s why directors and producers can use the “I had to cast a big name to make sure people see the movie” excuse. Big names don’t even equal guaranteed box office success anymore. That’s been confirmed by actual studio heads. The star system has been dead for years.
    The truth is that over 80% of Oscar voters are white men over 60. You really think that’s not a problem? You really think there shouldn’t be more diversity in the voting group? Wake up. People who actually work in the industry have said it’s a huge problem.
    To fulfill some agenda? Wanting equality is an agenda? You’re clearly an idiot. I’m done talking to you.

  • Jaedon Granger

    You don’t believe in the idea od whitewashing? casting Emma Stone as a half Asian woman is not whitewashing? Casting Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, and Andrew Garfield as 3 Spanish men is not whitewashing? You’re out of your mind.

  • Cruz123

    You really don’t think it’s a bad thing for every nominee in every acting category for two years in a row to be white? Talk about being out of touch with reality. And I’m so glad jaedon brought up the cast list of “Silence.” It’s got 3 white actors playing roles that were SPECIFICALLY meant for Hispanic actors.

  • VanityInsecurity

    they aren’t given a chance because its not marketable.. and studios dont want to invest if they wont get a profit from it.. why do you think these minority actors dont create their own studios & push out their own film.. you think the Smiths can’t afford it? They want white controlled studios to put in the money & all the risk. And there is no cause to be rude to someone online.. to fulfill some cool status you think you have. Im entitled to my own opinion on the business of acting.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    Maybe white people should boycott and NOT see his movies then? Let’s see if black people will run out to see your films

  • Cruz123

    You’re not making any sense. He’s not bashing white people. He’s merely saying he wants more equality. You’re acting like that’s a bad thing. The only possible way your line of thinking would make any sense is if you genuinely believed all white people are racist and will boycott a white actor fighting for equality for actors of color. You sound as if you have no problem with the lack of equality in Hollywood.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    ” 2 years in a row not a single person of color” so by that statement people should be nominated based on their race? Way to contradict yourself, hypocrite

  • Candid K

    Well I’m black, and I think this whole storm in a teacup is detrimental to my community. Its sweet that outraged little SJW’s are foaming at the mouth to such a degree (seriously bro, have a relaxing drink and give your fingers a well deserved break) but its strange how you are so personally outraged over this. One of my favourite performances was a Jewish/Mexican actress playing a self-hating light-skinned black character in Imitation of Life. She made me believe she was black by her pain. There are now plenty of black actors playing roles historically played by whites, so it doesn’t offend me at all that Andrew Garfield played another ethnicity. Neither actor in Brokeback Mountain was gay, but they gave incredible performances that made me and others weep. Would you prefer affirmative action being implemented at the Oscars? Where each nomination had to represent a certain demographic? 1 black, 1 white, 1 Latino, 1 Asian, 1 homosexual, 1 transsexual? Or would you prefer a system where the best were nominated on their performance alone? I am so proud of all the previous blacks who have been nominated and those who have won. They earned their awards, not won them due to pressure of representation and ticking certain boxes.

  • Cruz123

    No, you moron. Jaedon is saying people of color should be considered. Your lack of intelligence is showing.

  • Cruz123

    No, you moron. Jaedon is saying people of color should be considered. Your lack of intelligence is showing.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    Wtf are you talking about? People need to be nominated based on RACE now? If that’s the case, why aren’t you people advocating for any Latinos an Asians? Shut the f*ck up, you’re a band wagoner.

  • Jaedon Granger

    No one is saying that. You must be very slow. People of all races deserve to be considered. The nearly all white academy of voters are not considering actors of color. Even Clooney pointed that out yesterday. 80% of voters are white men over 60. That’s the problem.

  • VanityInsecurity

    The casting choices to hire specific actors for parts has to do with studios not the Academy. How does boycotting the Oscars change that? Race has nothing to do with who is the better actor, director or artist in general. The fact that you see things that way tells me how much of nimrod you are.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    No black person has ever won an oscar you dumb piece of sh*t? They don’t need to be nominated every year. You know what needs to be nominated? TALENT.

  • Candid K

    Someone sounds bitter, and rather sour. My parents are very proud of me actually. They raised a strong, hard-working, independent daughter who paid her own way through university, owns her own house and is successful in her career, all without the help of affirmative action. Can you say the same?

  • Jaedon Granger

    Your opinion is idiotic. People who actually work in the industry like Clooney and Mark have said what I’m saying. They would know a hell of a lot more about how things work than you. It’s not marketable? So you’re saying people in general are racist and won’t see movies with black leads? Last time I checked, straight outta Compton made over 100 million dollars at the box office.

  • Jaedon Granger

    Your racism is showing now. Because his account name is Cruz, you think he needed affirmative action. Wow.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    Do you have a problem with the BET awards too? Since “all races need to be considered”

  • Candid K

    To be honest, I never even clocked the name. Thank goodness for outraged SJW’s like you to jump in and notice for me.

  • VanityInsecurity

    IF you were making a movie & wanted it to succeed and the part was for a half Asian woman who would you want to promote your film.. which big actress name is going to bring people to see the film? Some unknown actress that is half Asian or Emma Stone? I mean it’s not that difficult to grasp. please tell me which actress should have been cast… I’ll wait..

  • Jaedon Granger

    Sure, you’re black. LMAO. Nice try. Your stupidity is astounding. A straight actor playing a gay role is not the same thing as a white man playing a brown skinned character. You probably still support black-face performances. I want a system where there’s more diversity in the voters. That’s all. if all the best performances in that year happen to be white despite the diversity in voters, then fine. But having a system where 80% of the voters are old white men doesn’t work.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GerrysFascinatingWoman

    Seems like (to me) the way to be successful at this is to target the voters and require a term of service rather than demand mo blacks be nominated. Like I said, I think merit has to count. And frankly, the way it is needs to change but boycotting doesn’t seem to me the way to go. Get to the heart of the matter through the Black president of the Academy.

    Yeah, well, in Secret in Their Eyes the lead went to a black man, Chiwetel Ejiofor, rather than a white. What say you about that?

  • Jaedon Granger

    Listen, idiot- 80% of the Voters are white men over 60. You really think that’s not a problem? You really think there shouldn’t be more diversity in the voters? Get a clue. Actual titans of the industry have said it’s a problem/

  • Candid K

    Sorry, should I be speaking in ebonics? Damn my parents for pushing for an education. You’re hilarious in your outrage and paranoia, flitting around from comment to comment. Do you have a job? Do you get breaks? You’re really committed to this thread and this issue, aren’t you?!

  • Candid K

    Sorry, should I be speaking in ebonics? Damn my parents for pushing for an education. You’re hilarious in your outrage and paranoia, flitting around from comment to comment. Do you have a job? Do you get breaks? You’re really committed to this thread and this issue, aren’t you?!

  • Jaedon Granger

    The role could go to anyone of any gender in that since the role is not color specific. the roles in Silence are specifically meant for Spanish men. Andrew’s character even has a Spanish name. They could have at least bothered to change his name to a white person’s name.
    The president of the academy has already promised major changes because she’s facing pressure from many stars who were threatening to boycott, including Ruffalo and Clooney.

  • Jaedon Granger

    And how many black people have won? How many people of color in general have won or even been nominated? A few token awards here and there are the equal of saying “Hey, I’m not racist, I have a black friend.”

  • Jaedon Granger

    And how many black people have won? How many people of color in general have won or even been nominated? A few token awards here and there are the equal of saying “Hey, I’m not racist, I have a black friend.”

  • Jaedon Granger

    And how many black people have won? How many people of color in general have won or even been nominated? A few token awards here and there are the equal of saying “Hey, I’m not racist, I have a black friend.”