Clint Eastwood: “A Lot Of People Crying” About Oscars (VIDEO)
Clint Eastwood briefly commented on the Oscars diversity controversy on Friday, seemingly suggesting it’s much ado about nothing. Check out the video below.
As Gossip Cop has reported, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been under fire in the wake of last week’s Academy Awards nominations announcement, in which only white actors received nods for the second year in a row. The lack of black nominees has led Will and Jada Pinkett Smith to call for a boycott, while others have also expressed outrage. The Academy responded on Friday afternoon by announcing new measures geared toward increasing diversity in their ranks.
Eastwood was asked about the situation by a paparazzo outside a restaurant on Friday night, and at first he claimed, “I don’t know anything about it.” He added, however, “All I know is there’s thousands of people in the Academy, and the majority of them haven’t won Oscars. A lot of people are crying, I guess.”
Eastwood seems to be suggesting that people shouldn’t be upset about being snubbed, since only a very small amount of people win anyway. The legendary actor and director, of course, is a five-time Oscar winner himself, including the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which he received in 1994. Interestingly, though, Eastwood’s other honors are not for acting, but Best Picture and Best Directing.
His most recent nomination was for American Sniper just last year. Watch Eastwood comment in the video below.