Viola Davis weighs in on Oscar controversy

Viola Davis says the Academy Awards’ all-white nomination list is a reflection of the movie-making system

The 50-year-old actress has added her voice to the ongoing diversity row concerning the Academy Awards and said that the problem concerning the all-white list of nominees for the awards night is not primarily the fault of the Oscars committee, but the entire Hollywood movie-making system.

Viola Davis
Viola Davis

The two-time Oscar nominee said that it is the lack of films casting actors of colour that makes it difficult for the Oscars’ voters to pick a more varied list of nominees.

The Doubt actress said that Academy Award voters should be asking a whole different set of questions about Hollywood in general.

“How many black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed? The films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role?” she said in an interview. She added that she won’t be attending the Oscars because she will be ‘on vacation.’

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