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J.J. Abrams Thinks The Academy Diversity Issue is "Shameful"

J.J. Abrams Thinks The Academy Diversity Issue is

Steve Martin looks handsome while posing for the cameras at the 2016 ACE Eddie Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday (January 29) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 70-year-old comedian also caught up with his Father of the Bride collaborator and writer Nancy Meyers.

Also in attendance that evening were Joy‘s director David O’Russell and Star Wars: The Force Awaken‘s director J.J. Abrams.

J.J. recently opened up to The Daily Beast regarding the Oscars diversity issue and admitted his disappointment.

“I think we all have a hell of a lot to do, and I think it is insane to me that we still have to have a conversation about inclusivity. It’s shameful,” he said.

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  • dalovelee

    These white stars and directors who say that diversity is shameful are full or Shyte. Look at their track record how many black actors who aren’t A list make it in their movies. How many actors of color make it as leads in their films. Look at their entire filmology. They are part of the problem.

  • Jay Kmonk

    So what are voters supposed to do? Instead of voting on the best performance, do you really want them to be thinking, “oh wait, we need to meet our quota of blacks and Asians, and Hispanics, and women, and lesbians, and gays, and trans-genders, and don’t forget … we now need a Muslim too”.
    Come on people … that’s exactly how Presidents have been forced into selecting their Cabinet posts. Where will it end?

  • PowerWorld

    Says the scammer liar jew working for its criminal kingpin british owners sneaking into America through its illegal NYLAWood flightpath.

  • Do Tell

    Ask yourself, are they “really” voting on the best performances? That is the question. Over the years, I have disagreed many times with the Academy. For example, I thought Shawshank Redemption should have won that year. I also preferred the film Malcom X over Scent of a Woman. Looking back, it is clear to me how a lot of “old men” of the Academy would prefer “Scent.” And this year, for the life of me, I don’t know how the Academy did not nominate Benicio Del Toro.

    I am a movie fan. The industry gives certain actors a stab at the best roles in films again and again, like Dicaprio, Tom Hanks & Jennifer Lawrence. They like these actors and it seems the doors “swing open” for them.

    The Academy is 90+ percent older white men. They’re not going to see things the way women see it, or the way younger people see it, etc. The only way to change the outcome of the voting is to change the Academy and make it more diverse. However, I hope they make it diverse with people who are serious about film and understand what great films and performances are. No lightweights.

  • Do Tell

    Agree. They are just being PC.

  • Casey C

    says the man who, in some of his most famous films, basically made the VERY few women sexy lamps and didn’t pass the bechdel test.

  • Casey C

    absolutely – the oscars rarely go to the best performance, even the nominations rarely go to the best performances. they go to the oscar bait movies, and to the actors that campaign like crazy for it. Natalie Portman’s oscar should have, IMO, gone to Winter’s Bone, but Portman was more established and she went after that statue like she was possessed. the oscars are entirely political, always have been.

    Personally, the Revenant didn’t deserve all its nominations. it was decent but its nominated because everyone ‘suffered’ for their art, because it’s a ‘real’ story and because it’s ‘gritty’. straight up oscar bait

  • Ariana

    Wait a minute? Didn’t he recieve hell for casting as white guy as Khan in Star Trek: ITD? He is full of crap.
    I remember his excuse was something like ” The audience will react better to a white guy then a brown guy playing the villain.”
    He is apart of the problem.

  • Ariana

    I agree with you. Abrams has some nerve speaking when he got criticized for white-washing Khan in the Star Trek movie that came out 3 years ago.
    The Oscars are about talent, not about skin color. I think its rude as well to the nominees who have to listen to these hypocrites whine about the lack of diversity when they should be celebrating the best in film instead. So what if there are no black nominees? Maybe they did not do well compared to those got the the nominations.

  • Ariana

    I always ask this to those who think the Oscars are racist, which black actor or actress should have been nominated? Nobody gives me a proper answers.
    That David Oyeleow guy is a real piece of work. I saw him in “Jack Reacher” last night with Tom Cruise and he is at best an average actor. For him to call up the Academy and complain why there are no black nominees is laughable.
    I hope that if there are all black nominees next year, somebody will boycott it. Then these people will know how it feels to take away attention and turn it into a racial issue.

  • Ariana

    Portman was good in Black Swan. I disagree with you.

  • Casey C

    I didn’t say she wasn’t good. I just don’t think it deserved an Oscar for that role. She campaigned after that statue like she’s never gone after anything before and she got it. Jennifer Lawrence deserved the oscar that year for her Winter’s Bone performance which was far more layered and subtle. Just as I don’t feel that her performance in Silver Linings really deserved it a few years later, it felt to me like sort of an ‘you didn’t get the one you should have, so lets give you this one’. the oscars are not, and should not be, considered to be awarding the best performances or even best films. they go to who campaigns hardest, who makes the most obscure and pretentious films etc. Do they need to be made more inclusive, yes. but it’s not just a case of nominating more POC, its about making more roles open to POC. more roles for older women that aren’t just ‘grandmother’.

  • Do Tell

    I’m happy for Dicaprio bc I know he really, really wants that Oscar and he’s such a huge fan of film. But Pierce Brosnan gave a great performance in the freezing snow in “Seraphim Falls.” His character is being hunted by Liam Neeson. The movie wasn’t all that good, but when I watched Dicaprio in The Revenant, it reminded me of Brosnan’s character.

  • Dee

    eye dress elbow should have been nominated, straight outta compton should have been nominated ( they actually could have nominated 10 best films, but only did 8…)

  • Ariana

    BONN was a TV movie so it didn’t qualify for Oscar nominations. And SOC was not that great.

  • Dee

    BONN was put in theaters specifically for oscar consideration, and whether anyone these should be/have been nominated is just our opinions, and i think SOC was worthy of a nom.

  • Ariana

    Yeah but it was still produced and made for Netflix specifically. I think the director tried to cheat his way into the Oscars but didn’t get in.

  • Dee

    It, and people in it, were nominated for awards under best motion picture for golden globes, SAG, bafta, image, spirit and other awards. I’m not sure what oscar’s standards are for a film being a film, but I think it qualified as being able to be nominate. why it wasn’t is the question.

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  • Ariana

    I don’t think it did. Otherwise it would have been nominated.

  • Dee

    John Ridley, a member, said he figures most members never saw BONN, and think it has more to do with demographics. But they send out mailers so I think its choice. Him saying that makes me think It was nominatable, I have yet to see anything saying it was a TV movie, where are you getting that?

  • Ariana

    Netflix is a TV platform isn’t it? I have never heard of a Netflix movie going the Oscars before.

  • Dee

    It was in theaters.

  • Dee

    AND its the first time a nexflix movie competed for oscars.

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