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George Clooney wants diversity in Oscar awards

Wed, Jan 20, 2016, 06:11 PM
Oscar-winning actor George Clooney has accused the Academy Awards of "moving in the wrong direction" amid controversy over lack of diversity, BBC reported.

For the second year running, no black or minority actor has been nominated in the four Oscars acting categories.

Star Wars actress Lupita Nyong'o said she is "disappointed by the lack of inclusion" in the nominations.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs vowed to review its membership as stars pledged to boycott the ceremony.

Clooney, who has won two Academy Awards, said: "We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it."

Nyong'o, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for `12 Years a Slave' in 2014, wrote on Instagram that she stands with those `calling for change' and that the awards should be a `diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today.'

Director Spike Lee, who was awarded an honorary Oscar in November, is among those boycotting the ceremony, saying on Instagram that he `cannot support' the `lily white' Oscars.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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