The 2 time Oscar nominee Viola Davis is also adding her voice to the ongoing debates over the diversity at the Academy Awards. She argues that “It’s not the Oscars…the Oscars are a symptom of a much greater issue and that’s the issue of the Hollywood movie-making system.”
Read her full statement below:
“The problem is not with the Oscars, the problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system. How many black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed?
ContinueThe films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role?” Viola continued. “Can you cast a black woman in that role? Can you cast a black man in that role? The problem isn’t even our pay. You could probably line up all the A-list black actresses out there [and] they probably don’t make what one A-list white woman makes in one film. That’s the problem. You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for? Like I said, the Oscars are not really the issue. It’s a symptom of a much greater disease”