Denzel Washington Talks Oscar's Diversity Issues on '60 Minutes'
"I don't have to think about it. I've lived it," the Oscar winner said.
Denzel Washington appeared Sunday evening on 60 Minutes where he spoke about the Oscars and the recent diversity issues surrounding Hollywood's most prestigious awards show.
Washington, who won an Oscar in 1990 for Glory (supporting actor) and one in 2002 for Training Day (best actor), is once again in the midst of the Oscar conversation with his lead role in the family drama Fences, an adaptation of August Wilson's play that Washington directed.
Sitting down with anchor Bill Whitaker, Washington commented on his past experiences with the Academy and the purported lack of diversity.
"I don't have to think about it," Washington told Whitaker. "I've lived it. I've been the guy at the Oscars without my name being called. I've been the guy at the Oscars when my name is called. I've been the guy at the Oscars when everybody thought they were going to call my name, and they didn't. I've lived it."
Whitaker went on to ask the Oscar winner what he thought about those who deemed the Academy's process was unfair.
"So what?" replied Washington. "You going to give up? If you're looking for an excuse, you'll find one. You can find it wherever you like. Can't live like that. Just do the best you can do.”