Brie Larson: #OscarsSoWhite Deserves Attention

Austin Hargrave

The Oscar nominee takes to Instagram to share her thoughts on the issue of the diversity (or lack thereof) of this year's nominees.

Academy Award nominee Brie Larson shared her thoughts on the #OscarsSoWhite criticism of this year's acting nominees, a group of which she's a part, in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

After thanking The Hollywood Reporter for "covering this very unique moment" of her life in THR's cover story about Larson's rise to stardom, the Room star also took a moment to mention #OscarsSoWhite, which this week's THR cover also references. The hashtag and conversation referencing the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar acting nominees list started last year and was re-ignited this year when an all-white lineup of actors was announced.

"Personally, I'm interested in reading [THR's] article on #OscarsSoWhite," wrote Larson. "This is a conversation that deserves attention."

Another one of this year's Academy Award nominees talked about the issue recently. Mark Ruffalo, nominated in the best supporting actor category for Spotlight, said he is contemplating not attending the award show this year.

""I’m weighing it, that’s where I’m at right now," he told BBC News. "I woke up in the morning thinking, 'What is the right way to do this?' Because if you look at Martin Luther King's legacy, what he was saying was that the good people who don’t act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposefully not acting and don’t know the right way."

Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith have all said they won't be attending the Oscars this year. Will Smith, one of this year's noteworthy Oscar snubs, failed to land a best actor nomination for his role in Concussion.

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