Countless celebrities have thrown their voices into the conversation on diversity in Hollywood following the limited number of people of color on the Oscar nominee list for the second year in a row. Monday, during the annual Oscars luncheon to honor all nominees, it was no different.
Nominees, including Rooney Mara and Sylvester Stallone, spoke about the beneifts of the conversation prompted by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite as well as their feelings on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' new commitment to ensuring diversity. See some of their responses below:
"The way in which it's been handled seems to be a positive step."
"Spotlight" director Tom McCarthy
"I don't think there is one solution. It comes down to accountability. I think [academy president] Cheryl [Boone Isaacs] has done an amazing job at navigating change... I have faith in our community to lead the way to be progressive, inclusive and pushing that needle and that rock up that hill. I’m excited about [the diversity conversation]."
"Carol" star Rooney Mara, supporting actress nominee
"I think these are important conversations for us all to be having."
"Creed" actor Sylvester Stallone, supporting actor nominee
"Adaptation and evolving is definitely necessary... I do believe that things will change. It’s a matter of time. Eventually, all talent will rise to the top. It’s a matter of getting a new paradigm, a new way of thinking."
"Mad Max: Fury Road" director George Miller
"To be honest, I hadn’t thought about it in terms of the next movie I’m going to make. I think casting is story driven, but I think what's really good is that it’s alerted everybody to the problem. It’s interesting to me how television responded way earlier than I think cinema has -- in all countries -- in terms of diversity. It’s front of mind and no doubt that will influence things. However, films are story driven. If the film warrants it, of course there should be diversity of all kinds."
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