The first ever African American director to win an Oscar says that the boycott of the Oscars is not the right way to bring change.
The Oscar diversity issue is still taking a lot of heat as the #OscarsSoWhite and other movements are becoming more popular and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science has seen that changes are made to the Academy membership and voting members to encourage and promote diversity in the prestigious.
While over the weekend, many actors have expressed that the lack of African American and other races among the nominees is an indication of much bigger issues in the industry rather than simply getting nominated.
According to Viola Davis, who recently won the prestigious SAG Award, told THR that the opportunities for actors across all races is the lack of work and roles that are available.
Roger Ross Williams, the first ever director to win an Oscar in 2010 for his documentary short Music for Prudence and recently won the Sundance Film Festival's award for best director of a documentary for 2016's Life, Animated; participated in the ongoing debate about the diversity issues.
He wrote an article in which he expressed that boycotting the Oscars was not the best solution.
He said that as a director and a person working in this industry. It is hard to be recognized. He said that he has been working in an industry that doesn’t even count him as a statistic. As shocking as it may be, the Academy will have to move on from it’s old traditions and embrace the more diverse, representative culture of the present.
He said that he didn’t think that boycotting the ceremony is the right way to bring change to the system. He appreciated Dawn Hudson and Cheryl Issacs Boone for changes in the Academy voting members and board of governors.
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He said that the lack of diverse nominations are definitely an indication of much bigger issues which could be resolved with if the Academy decided to ensure that people from all races are represented.