Oscars: Nominee Charlotte Rampling Says Diversity Debate is "Racist to White People"

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“One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list," said the '45 Years' actress.

Charlotte Rampling, nominated for a best actress Oscar this year for 45 Years, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding this year's group of all-white acting nominees.

"It's racist to white people," she said of the anger over the racial makeup of this year's acting nominees, speaking on French radio network Europe 1 on Friday.

“One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list," she added. 

The Brit, who won a lifetime achievement honor alongside the best actress award at last year's European Film Awards, was later asked whether the Academy should introduce quotas.

"Why classify people?" she responded. "These days everyone is more or less accepted ... People will always say: ‘Him, he’s less handsome’; ‘Him, he’s too black’; ‘He is too white’ ... someone will always be saying ‘You are too’ [this or that] ... But do we have to take from this that there should be lots of minorities everywhere?”

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