Matt Damon told reporters Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival that the academy's move to diversify its voting membership is "a wonderful first step," but noted that there's still "a long, long, long way to go."
"We're talking about huge systemic injustices around race and gender that are a lot bigger than the Oscars," Damon told the Associated Press. "They're massive issues in our industry and in our country."
Speaking to Us Weekly on the "Manchester By the Sea" red carpet, he called it "shameful and embarrassing" to go two years without any people of color nominated in the Oscars' acting categories. "That's insane."
You know, it's shameful and embarrassing. There's two years in a row that there are no people of color nominated. That's insane.
Dodge Lady Gaga. Collect Golden Globes. Find the black Oscar nominee.
Winning an Academy Award, it proves, can be nearly an impossible task, at least according to the lighthearted Web game "Leo's Red Carpet Rampage." The game puts players in control of a mini, vintage-style Leonardo DiCaprio in a quest for an Oscar.
Abel Tesfaye, known as the Weeknd, is one of the few nominees of color for the 2016 Academy Awards. He received a nomination for “Earned It,” which appeared on the soundtrack for “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
In an exclusive interview with the L.A. Times, The Weeknd addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
You know, music is so diverse. My fans couldn’t even put a face or color or anything to my music. The same with film, it’s such a diverse thing. Every movie you see now is inspired by diversity. So it’s unfortunate.... but I think it’s much deeper than the academy or deeper than the film or music industry. It’s an issue that the nation has been dealing with, and I’m glad this has sparked a conversation ... it needed to happen. And good for the academy for trying to make the new changes.
Famed director and three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg went on the record with The Hollywood Reporter to lend his voice to the #OscarsSoWhite conversation. During an episode of the magazine's "Awards Chatter" podcast, he said he was surprised at the snub of "Straight Outta Compton" for best picture and "Beasts of No Nation's" Idris Elba for best supporting actor.
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.