Washington D.C., Feb. 4(ANI): Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Oscar in 2014, recently opened up about the lack of diversity among the Oscar nominees.
The Academy came under fire from critics, including celebs, after its members nominated solely white actors and actresses for the 2016 Oscars, for the second year in a row, reports E! Online.
The 32-year-old actress won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ’12 Years a Slave,’ becoming the sixth black actress to win the category, the first Kenyan and second African woman to win an Academy Award.
Talking to a magazine about the issue, Nyong’o said that she is a member of the Academy and it’s her community that everyone is talking about so she wanted to speak as a member of that community.
Following the backlash, the Academy announced plans to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.
Nyong’o added that she is very encouraged by the changes that have been made within the Academy, but the main thing for her is that she was hoping to draw attention to what they are calling for, asking for, is for there to be inclusion in the kinds of stories that are being told in the first place.
The actress had first voiced her comments on the diversity controversy on Instagram last month, saying she was “disappointed by the lack of inclusion in his year’s Academy Awards nominations and stands with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them.” (ANI)