Clint Eastwood weighed in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, putting those boycotting the event in their place.
Eastwood noted, “There’s thousands of people in the Academy and a lot of them, the majority, haven’t won Oscars,” and “A lot of people are crying, I guess.” That’s the Dirty Harry we love!
Via Sunday Express:
He is famous for playing mavericks with steely one-liners but now Clint Eastwood has waded into the real-life drama engulfing the Oscars.
The moviemaker, 85, slammed those boycotting next month’s Academy Awards.
Will Smith and other black stars are refusing to attend after only white performers were nominated for the Best Actor awards.
The row has seen actors Sir Michael Caine and Idris Elba and director Spike Lee join the fray.
But Eastwood criticised the idea of a boycott, saying: “A lot of people are crying, I guess.”
The Dirty Harry actor – who once said “I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it” – added not everyone can win an Oscar.
“There’s thousands of people in the Academy and a lot of them, the majority, haven’t won Oscars,” he said.
Eastwood has twice won Best Director – for Unforgiven in 1993 and Million Dollar Baby in 2005.
The row grew on Friday when Oscar hopeful Charlotte Rampling spoke of “anti-white racism” among those criticising the nominations.
Her comments, on Europe 1 radio in Paris, were branded “outrageous, ignorant and offensive” by Chelsea Clinton.
Hours later the 69-year-old British actress, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 45 Years, apologised.
She said: “I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted. I simply meant that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration.”
Her views were backed by Sir Michael Caine, who said race should not come into the nomination process.
“There’s loads of black actors. You can’t vote for an actor because he’s black. You can’t say ‘I’m going to vote for him, he’s not very good, but he’s black’.”
The Academy has now brought in new rules to increase the number of non-white members.
It pledged to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board of governors.
Announcing the changes on Friday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said: “The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up.”