“I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Award nominations,” she wrote in a message posted 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 modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today.”
Nyong’o, who won an Oscar in 2014 for her role in 12 Years a Slave, says she stands with those in the film industry who are “calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them.”
Nyong’o most recently appeared (via motion capture) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That film is nominated for five awards, including ones for visual effects and original score, at the 88th Oscars, which will be handed out in a ceremony hosted by Chris Rock on Feb. 28.