It looks like we're getting somewhere!
Ever since it was announced that the Oscars had all-white nominees for the second consecutive year, the #OscarsSoWhite discussion loomed over the glitz and glamour of award season.
While The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is diversifying its membership in an attempt to lead the way for the industry, the conversation of the lack of diversity in Hollywood held a large presence during Sunday's ceremony!
On the red carpet, Robin Roberts wasn't afraid to ask stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Mark Ruffalo, and even The Academy president herself Cheryl Boone Isaacs about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy!
But even after the show started, more shots were fired about the lack of minority representation in the entertainment biz by Chris Rock!
Check out the best quotes about diversity from awards night (below)!
"The last two years it didn't happen, but two years before that [African Americans] were everywhere. The folks who should really be screaming and shouting about this are the Asian actors, who are way underrepresented. And I think that will change because now people are starting to pay attention, but we'll see how long it lasts."
"If you look at history of change, a lot of voices are needed at the table…I want to be a part of institutional change so we never have a year like this again."
"I feel like the conversation about the Oscars is exhausted, but the macro-issue of actors of color — behind the scenes and in front of the camera in movies — is sort of an ongoing mission. And I hope the media keeps on scrutinizing in the future and not just after tonight."
Cheryl Boone Isaacs:
"The Oscars celebrate the storytellers who have the opportunity to work in the powerful medium of film – and with that opportunity comes responsibility. Everyone in the Hollywood community has a role to play in bringing about the vital changes the industry needs so we can accurately reflect the world today. I am confident that together we can shape a future for which all of us can be proud."
"I think it's the time for our country to have this discussion…who else to represent the needs for these people than their fellow liberals?"
Lou Gossett Jr.:
"I feel we're not going to get this promise land until we regard one another as part of the whole family. We need to look at each other and see not black, not white, but family."
"If they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job. You'd be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.
"It's not fair that Will Smith was this good [in Concussion] and didn't get nominated. It's also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West."
"What happened this year? Jada's going to boycott the Oscars. Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties. I wasn't invited! It's not an invitation I would turn down.
"Hollywood is sorority racist. It's like 'We like you, Rhonda, But you're not a Kappa."
"At the end of the day, we love what we do and we're breaking ground doing it. These problems of today will eventually become problems of the old. Let's not let this negative issue of diversity beat us."
And even stars who were watching the event at home threw in their two cents:
What did YOU think of the diversity discussion at the Oscars?
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