Oscars: Reese Witherspoon calls for more diversity
As controversy over the second consecutive year of a all-white acting nominees at the Oscars continues to make headlines, Reese Witherspoon has joined Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Spike Lee in commenting on the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards.
“So disappointed that some of 2015’s best films, filmmakers and performances were not recognized…,” Witherspoon, who is not among this year’s nominees, wrote on Facebook Thursday. “Nothing can diminish the quality of their work, but these filmmakers deserve recognition. As an Academy member, I would love to see a more diverse voting membership.”
The Wild actress, an Oscar winner for Walk the Line, shared an article from fellow Time Inc. publication Time that discusses the issue at length, saying she appreciated the story touching on the “lack of racial and gender diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.”
Witherspoon has previously spoken out about double standards between men and women in Hollywood, discussing the topic at Glamour‘s Women of the Year event in 2015.
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“Ladies and gentlemen, I think we are in a cultural crisis in every field, in every industry,” Witherspoon said. “Women are underrepresented and underpaid in leadership positions. No wonder we don’t have the healthcare we deserve or paid family leave or public access to early childhood education. And that really worries me. How can we expect legislation with our rights and needs being preserved if we don’t have equal representation?”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will meet Tuesday to discuss the diversity issue within its organization, with potential solutions including expanding the number of Best Picture nominees from eight to 10 and switching the makeup of the board, which currently includes 17 men and 34 women, with two people of color among the 51 current members.