Lupita Nyong’o has shared her disappointment over the lack of diversity in the 2016 Oscars nominations.
The 32-year-old star won an Academy Award herself, taking home the best supporting actress title for 12 Years a Slave in 2014. While she hasn’t stated she’ll boycott the upcoming February (16) awards, Lupita did tell her fans via Instagram that she stands by the likes of Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, who have both decided to withdraw their support.
“I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Awards nominations,” she shared on Instagram. “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 to offer today. 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.”
The message has received over 26,000 likes already, with fans flocking to show their support.
Lupita had more to say on the matter, titling the post after a quote by an African American writer: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin #manystoriesmanyvoices.”
Snoop Dogg has also revealed he’ll be boycotting the Oscars and Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. told reporters that he hopes the controversy will force voters to think harder about the 2017 nominees.
George Clooney has added his voice to the debate too. The double Oscar-winner denounced the Academy, saying he feels like things are moving in the wrong direction.
Other famous names who have blasted the Academy include David Oyelowo, Don Cheadle and Oscars host Chris Rock .
– Cover Media0