After the Academy Award nominations were released, many stars expressed their disappointment in the lack of diversity. Lupita Nyong'o is the latest actress to voice her frustration, taking to Instagram to share a text post with her fans.
"I am disappointed by the lack on inclusion in this year's Academy Award nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture," the Oscar winner wrote late last night.
The 32-year-old went on to express her hope for the future, writing, "The Awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today. I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and the recognition of the people who tell them."
Lupita took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her work in "12 Years a Slave," and joins a growing list of artists unhappy with the Academy's choices. George Clooney also expressed his concerns in a statement to Variety on Jan. 19.
The actor reflected on the lack of diversity not just for African American actors, but Hispanic actors as well. "If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. By the way, we're talking about African Americans. For Hispanics, it's even worse. We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it," George stated.
While some stars that are unhappy with the all-white nominations are opting to boycott the ceremony, such as Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, Lupita and George did not seem to express that sentiment.
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