Steven Spielberg Talks Racism Issue Surrounding Oscar Voters

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According to NME, during The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards chatter podcast, Steven Spielberg discussed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. The controversy started after all twenty acting nominations for this year’s awards, were for white people. He talked about the Academy’s plan to remove memberships of those who have not been part of the industry for a period over ten years.

He said: “You have to look back a couple of years, where Lupita [Nyong’o] was recognized for Twelve Years a Slave, Twelve Years a Slave won Best Picture, you know? I don’t believe that there is inherent or dormant racism because of the amount of white Academy members. I’m also not 100 percent sure that taking votes away from Academy members who have paid their dues and maybe are retired now and have done great service – maybe they’ve not won a nomination, which would have given them immunity to the new rules, but they have served proudly and this is their industry too – to strip their votes? I’m not 100 percent behind that.”

Spielberg added that he believes Straight Outta Compton should have been nominated for Best Picture.