*Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling believes the current campaign to boycott the 2016 Academy Awards over its lack of racial diversity is racist to white people, and perhaps black actors did not warrant any nominations this year.
The 69-year-old is up for Best Actress for her role in the British drama “45 Years,” from director Andrew Haigh. She’ll compete against Golden Globe winner Brie Larson of “Room,” Cate Blanchett of “Carol,” Jennifer Lawrence of “Joy” and “Brooklyn” lead Saoirse Ronan.
Asked about the #OscarsSoWhite uproar on French Radio network Europe 1 Friday morning, the British actress said, “It is racist to whites.”
“One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list,” added Rampling. Asked if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should introduce quotas, she responded: “Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted … People will always say: ‘Him, he’s less handsome’; ‘Him, he’s too black’; ‘He is too white’ … someone will always be saying ‘You are too’ [this or that] … But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?”
When the interviewer explains that black members of the film industry feel like a minority, Rampling replied: “No comment.”
Rampling’s opinion differs from some of her fellow nominees. Both Larson and Mark Ruffalo, who is up for best supporting actor, spoke out on Thursday in support of efforts to improve opportunities for actors of color. Former Oscar winners and nominees such as George Clooney, Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon and Whoopi Goldberg have also backed calls for change.