Lupita Nyong'o 'Disappointed' With Oscars' Lack of Diversity: 'I Stand With My Peers'

by Jackie Willis 4:31 AM PST, January 20, 2016
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Lupita Nyong'o chimed in on the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees.

While the 32-year-old actress -- who won an Oscar in 2014 for her role in 12 Years a Slave -- did not outright say she was boycotting the Academy Awards, she was not pleased that the 2016 acting nominees consisted solely of white performers.

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"I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations," Lupita posted to Instagram on Tuesday. "It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture."

She added: "The awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has has to offer today."

Lupita's statement comes after Jada Pinkett Smith, George Clooney, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Idris Elba and a slew of other stars have spoken out about Hollywood's diversity controversy.

"I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them," Lupita concluded.

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Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaac issued a statement on Monday that she was "both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion."

"This is a difficult but important conversation, and it's time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership," she said.

Jada -- who is among those boycotting the Oscars -- praised the Academy president for her commitment to change. "I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand," Will Smith's wife tweeted on Tuesday. "I look forward to the future."

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