Without any drama, actor/director Clint Eastwood gave a common sense answer when asked his opinion about the controversy surrounding the all-white Oscar nominations.
“All I know is there are thousands of people in the Academy and a lot of them — the majority of them — haven’t won Oscars,” the multiple Academy Award winner told TMZ.
He admitted that he hasn’t kept up with the brouhaha, but said, “a lot of people are crying, I guess.”
Eastwood won best director and best picture for both “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Unforgiven.”
The controversy began when Al Sharpton noted that for the second year in a row, the Academy failed to nominate a single African-American. Since then, people in the industry have taken sides, and some are even boycotting the awards ceremony altogether.
In response to a growing list of celebrities who announced they were boycotting the event, the Academy caved and announced that it hereinafter “become less male and less white.”
Goodbye merit, hello quotas.
Watch the clip, via TMZ.
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