Kevin Hart and Kerry Washington attended the 88th Academy Awards despite the #OscarsSoWhite backlash because they think it is important to address diversity issues head on.
Many of the actors’ contemporaries have chosen to boycott the annual event in protest of there being no nominees of color in the top acting categories for the second year in a row.
Hart is presenting an award at the ceremony, which takes place on Sunday (28Feb16) at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and he decided to show up in a bid to support diversification in Hollywood.
“This is a sticky year for the Oscars, a very sticky year,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t think you go to the Oscars this year and not make your presence felt. Not in an ignorant way but in a conservative, professional way. So people understand that you do understand the importance of values and issues and bringing people together, which is ultimately what we all want.”
African-American comedian Chris Rock is hosting the ceremony and fellow funnyman Hart is looking forward to seeing how his peer touches on the contentious matter.
“Not only can Chris host, he’s going to address things the way only a comedian can,” he said of his expectations for the evening. “He can bring light to some tough issues through comedic things, but still make you think about it. It’s a good thing. The right guy is there this year.”
In a separate interview with ABC News journalist Robin Roberts, Django Unchained actress Kerry Washington echoed Hart’s sentiment on why it was imperative for her to turn up at the Academy Awards this year.
“As a new member of the Academy, I want to be a part of the conversation so there is institutional change, so we never have a year like this again,” she emphasized. “You need all those voices at the table. It’s about women, about people of color, its about age.”
– Cover Media0