Black Oscar boycott 'racist to white people' - Rampling
Academy Award-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling has entered the debate over a lack of diversity at the Oscars - saying the calls for a boycott are "racist to white people."
All this year's acting nominees are white. Rampling (69) told France's Europe 1 radio yesterday that, while it's impossible to know for sure, "maybe the black actors didn't deserve to be in the final stretch."
Asked if there should be quotas - not a suggestion made by most boycott supporters - the British actress said we live "in countries nowadays where everyone is more or less accepted," but there would always be problems with people being judged "not handsome enough," ''too black" or "too white."
The actress, who has starred in both English and French films, is nominated for a best-actress Academy Award for Andrew Haigh's portrait of a marriage, '45 Years'.
Veteran British actor Michael Caine, meanwhile, urged black actors to "be patient" and said recognition would come.
He told the BBC there are plenty of strong performances by non-white actors this year, including Idris Elba's "wonderful" work in 'Beasts of No Nation' - which did not receive an Oscar nomination.
"Be patient," said 82-year-old Caine, who has won two supporting-actor Oscars. "Of course it will come. It took me years to get an Oscar, years."
On Thursday Will Smith announced that he will not be attending the awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees.