Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o: “I Am Disappointed” In All-White Oscars
Lupita Nyong’o feels there’s “unconscious prejudice” in the Academy Awards nominations process. On Wednesday, the actress became the latest celebrity to address the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscars, which, for the second year in a row, did not have one black actor or actress nominated for an award. See her comments in an Instagram post below.
Nyong’o made her remarks about the lack of minority nominees in an Instagram image, which she captioned with the James Baldwin quote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” In her statement, Nyong’o expresses disappointment in “the lack of inclusion in this year’s Academy Awards nominations,” which she notes “has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture.”
The actress offers that Academy Awards should serve as “a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today.” She adds in her statement that she will “stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who will tell them.”
Nyong’o is one of the few black actresses to win an Academy Award, which she received in 2014 for her work in 12 Years A Slave. See Nyongo’s Instagram post below, in which she weighs in about no black actors being nominated at the 2016 Oscars.