Michael Caine has weighed in on the Oscars diversity debate and he says the time “will come” for the frustrated entertainers to be recognized by the Academy.
“There’s loads of black actors. You can’t vote for an actor because he’s black,” the 82-year-old actor told BBC Radio 4 (via THR). “You got to give a good performance, and I’m sure there were very good [performances].”
It seems Michael hadn’t looked over the nominations list as he wanted to know if Idris Elba was nominated for Beasts of No Nation.
“The one I – I don’t know whether Idris got [nominated],” Michael said. “Because I saw Idris, and I thought he was wonderful. I thought he would get [nominated]. Did he not get nominated?”
“Well, look at me. I won the [European Film Award for] best actor [for Youth], and I got nominated for nothing else,” Michael added. When asked to give advice to black actors he said, “Be patient. Of course, it will come. Of course, it will come. It took me years to get an Oscar.”