Thursday 8 December 2016

Boycott of the Oscars has a point - Jim Sheridan

Elaine McCahill

Published 21/01/2016 | 07:25

Film Director Jim Sheridan at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin
Film Director Jim Sheridan at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin

Irish director Jim Sheridan has weighed in to the recent controversy around the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations.

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The My Left Foot director said he understands why famous faces including Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are calling on their fellow A-listers to boycott the awards ceremony.

Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson and Jim Sheridan. Photo: David Conachy
Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson and Jim Sheridan. Photo: David Conachy

"Black culture hasn't penetrated the movie business the way it has in the music industry," he told the Eoghan McDermott Show on 2fm, "so I think they have a point, I really do. The Oscars are the only thing the world sees as the dominant force in recognising movies.

"However, if that's the case, then Italian cinema, French cinema, English cinema and, up to now, Irish cinema rarely get a look-in, and the black culture in America gets much more of a look in than the cultures outside.

"I think they know that, but they're fighting their own battle, they're fighting their own side. I think Spike Lee is right."

Sheridan also said that his wife, Fran, would be lighting candles in the hope that Irish-made film Room bags an Academy Award on February 28.

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