Mark Ruffalo Considering Boycotting Oscars Over Lack Of Black Nominees (VIDEO)
Mark Ruffalo, who’s nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, revealed in two separate interviews that he’s sympathetic to people who are boycotting the Oscars over the lack of black nominees. But the actor also admitted he’s “struggling” with whether or not to get behind the movement himself. Watch the videos below.
As Gossip Cop reported, not a single black actor was nominated in any of the four major acting categories at the Oscars for the second year in a row. As to whether or not he’ll join the several other celebrities who insist they’re boycotting the awards show this year, Ruffalo told BBC News, “”I’m weighing it, yes. That’s where I’m at right now.”
In another interview with Sky News at the London premiere of his new movie Spotlight, for which he’s nominated, Ruffalo said of those boycotting, “”I’m really sympathetic to what they’re doing. It’s something that I’m struggling with personally, to get behind this or not.”
Ruffalo’s film Spotlight tells the true story of a group of journalists who uncovered wide-ranging child molestation within the Catholic Church. “The only reason I’m probably not going to take part in the boycott is because I’m representing another kind of victim,” Ruffalo explained. “And the Oscars mean a lot to these people.”
UPDATE: Ruffalo has officially confirmed via Twitter that he will in fact be attending the awards ceremony. The actor wrote, “To clear up any confusion. I will be going to the Oscars in support of the victims of clergy Sexual Abuse and good journalism.”
Watch Ruffalo’s two separate interviews in which he weighs in on the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars.