Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling waded into the Oscar diversity row today, claiming the current campaign to boycott the 2016 Academy Awards is racist to white people.
The 69-year-old actress is up for the best actress prize for her role in the British drama 45 Years and will compete against Room’s Brie Larson, Carol’s Cate Blanchett, Joy’s Jennifer Lawrence and Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan.
Asked for her take on the current furore over all-white lists of nominees on a French radio station, the British star did not mince her words.
Speaking in fluent French she said: “It is racist to whites.
“One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”
This week, the director Spike Lee and the actress Jada Pinkett Smith said they would not be attending the Feb. 28 Oscars ceremony in protest of the all-white slate of acting nominees.
Lee later clarified that he was not calling for a boycott, but he suggested Hollywood studios institute a policy similar to the NFL’s requirement that teams interview minority candidates for head coach and senior staff jobs.