Michael Caine: Blacks Have To “Give A Good Performance” To Get Oscars Nomination — WATCH VIDEO
Michael Caine says performance quality, not race, should dictate the Oscars nominations. Watch below.
The two-time Academy Awards winner gave his take on the current controversy during a BBC Radio 4 interview posted online Friday. “Today” interviewer Nick Robinson specifically asked Caine, “What about the argument going on in Hollywood at the moment that not enough black actors — in fact none — have been nominated for this year’s Oscars?” The British film icon answered, “Yeah, but there’s loads of black actors. There’s loads of black actors.”
“I think in the end, you know, you can’t vote for an actor because he’s black,” continued Caine. “You can’t just say, ‘Oh, I’m going to vote for him. He’s not very good, but he’s black. I’ll vote for him.’ You gotta give a good performance.”
Caine went on to say that he thought Idris Elba’s performance in Beasts Of No Nation certainly qualified, but he was unaware that the actor had been snubbed. “I thought he was wonderful. Did he not get nominated?” the actor asked Robinson. The journalist confirmed Elba did not, prompting Caine to say, “Well, look at me. I won the Best Actor European… and I got nominated for nothing else.”
Indeed, Caine’s leading role in Youth was honored at the European Film Awards last month, but the performance did not get him a nomination in any of the U.S. awards shows, such as the Oscars, Golden Globes, or SAG Awards. Consequently, he says he will not be attending next month’s Academy Awards ceremony, because he’s “too old to travel that far to sit in the audience to clap for someone else.”
Asked to give a message to non-white actors, Caine offered, “Be patient. Of course it will come. It took me years to get an Oscar.” The movie star first won Best Supporting Actor for Hannah and Her Sisters in 1986, and then again in 1999 for Cidar House Rules. Check out video of Caine’s comments below.