Benedict Cumberbatch: U.S. is Better for Black Actors Than U.K.

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'Sherlock' star says there are more opportunities in Hollywood.

Amid a growing debate regarding a lack of diversity across awards season nominees, particularly at this year’s Oscars, Benedict Cumberbatch has claimed that the U.K. actually falls behind Hollywood when it comes to opportunities for black actors.

Speaking on the Tavis Smiley PBS talk show, the Sherlock star and Oscar nominee said: "I think as far as colored actors go it gets really different in the U.K., and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the U.S.] than in the U.K. and that’s something that needs to change."

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The actor added: "Something’s gone wrong, we’re not representative enough in our culture of different races and that really does need to step up a pace."

Cumberbatch and fellow countryman Eddie Redmayne are in the running for best actor at next month’s Academy Awards, while Rosamund Pike and Keira Knightley are up for best actress and best supporting actress respectively. A noted British omission from this year’s shortlist was David Oyelowo for Selma, with the film’s overall snub sparking calls for more diversity.

"I don’t want to get into any debates about that, but it’s clear when you see certain migratory patterns that there are more opportunities here than in the U.K.," Cumberbatch added.