The "Selma" star weighed in with an opinion at the Oscars red carpet.
More people are getting comfortable talking politics. Is that a good thing?
I think it's a good thing if you actually have something to say. I think, yes, there is a growth in political consciousness, but there's also a growth in white noise and you've got to really sift through it to get to something of substance.
Sony Pictures Classics executive Tom Bernard is not one to hold his tongue.
And he's really not likely to shy away when it comes to the subject of the foreign-language film race, in which Asghar Farhadi's "The Salesman" has lately eclipsed Maren Ade's "Toni Erdmann" as the front runner.
German submission "Erdmann" appeared to be coasting to a win when Farhadi, who is Iranian, said he would be boycotting the Oscars to protest President Trump's travel ban. That turned the tide for the director, leading to coverage -- and a potential voting shift -- that didn't sit well with Sony Pictures Classics.
I'm standing here because I saw 'Little Mermaid' when I was 10 and it changed my life. I couldn't believe they broke into a Caribbean tune in the middle of a Disney movie. And here I am with a nominated tune for a Disney movie. How ... cool is that?
Roger Ross Williams, director of Oscar-nominated documentary "Life, Animated," took a moment to talk about the importance of diversity while on the red carpet.
"Film has to reflect the real world," Williams said. "In this political climate, where diversity and difference is looked down upon by the administration, by the President, it’s important that we have a voice."
Williams also has a leadership role in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of three documentary branch governors. He plans to use his power to promote more diversity in Hollywood.