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All races need recognition, says Revenant director Inarritu

Published 15/02/2016 | 00:46

Bafta-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has said the diversity problem is bigger than the Oscars
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu with the Best Director and Best Picture BAFTA for 'The Revenant' attends the after show party for the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.
Bafta-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has said the diversity problem is bigger than the Oscars Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu with the Best Director and Best Picture BAFTA for 'The Revenant' attends the after show party for the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.

Bafta-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has said the diversity problem is bigger than the Oscars.

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The director of The Revenant, which picked up five awards at the Baftas, said the issue ran through the film industry and further afield.

Speaking after the glittering ceremony, he said The Revenant featured several Mexican collaborators and people from all around the world, including native Americans.

He said: "I would say that in my personal point of view that the problem of the diversity in the Academy I think goes deeper to the diversity in the industry which goes deeper to the diversity and the cultural perception of the world.

"So it's a bigger question, it's a bigger challenge, which is a cultural thing. You know, so what I'm saying is that the more we keep talking about race ... and we don't understand that we all are mixed race ... there is no purity in this."

He added: "So I think that I don't know the statistics, but it's true that I don't know how many Mexican Americans or Mexicans or Latin Americans are portrayed in TV shows, in films, in advertising.

"There's a lot to do, there's a lot to do."

Inarritu said everyone needed to be given recognition, including native Americans and Asians.

"We all need to be recognised," he said.

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